Special Report: New Tools Join Old In Microbiological Research

Microbiological Research Author: RICKI LEWIS AND HOLLY AHERN, p.24 Microbiology has evolved from ancient art to savvy science. Yesterday's painstaking tasks of culturing and identifying microorganisms have been joined by rapid detection strategies and intricate genetic manipulations. Microbiologists may still streak specimens on agar plates and wait overnight for bacterial colonies to grow, as was done two centuries ago, but today they may also use spectrophotometers or chromatographs. Gas

Ricki Lewis
Apr 28, 1991

Microbiological Research

Author: RICKI LEWIS AND HOLLY AHERN, p.24

Microbiology has evolved from ancient art to savvy science. Yesterday's painstaking tasks of culturing and identifying microorganisms have been joined by rapid detection strategies and intricate genetic manipulations. Microbiologists may still streak specimens on agar plates and wait overnight for bacterial colonies to grow, as was done two centuries ago, but today they may also use spectrophotometers or chromatographs.

Gas chromatograph
MIDI Inc.
115 Barksdale Professional Center
Newark, Del. 19711
Phone: (302) 737-4297
Product:
Microbial identification system--Hewlett-Packard gas chromatograph, computer, software package: $46,000

Nutrient utilization screen
Biolog Inc.
3447 Investment Blvd., Suite 2
Hayward, Calif. 94545
Phone: (415) 785-2564
Products:
GN MicroPlate: $4-$6/tray
MicroStation computer and reader: $11,080
MicroLog 1 software database (key in): $595
MicroLog 2 software database (reactions entered directly into microplate reader): $1,995

RFLP fingerprinting
BIO-RAD Laboratories Inc.
1414 Harbour Way South
Richmond, Calif. 94804
Phone: (800) 4-BIORAD...