|MadSci Network: Microbiology|
Hi! My name is Stephanie and I'm a sophomore zoology major at Iowa State University. In my molecular biology class we learned that bacteria (as well as other prokaryotes) reproduce at a rate of about 1 cycle per 20 minutes. That's a lot of bacteria that could be reproduced in a very short amount of time. It then crossed my mind that yogurt is composed of bacteria. Why is it that a cup of yogurt doesn't turn into 100 cups of yogurt after a very short while? Is there some component that prevents it from reproducing? Thanks for your help!
Re: Why doesn't yogurt reproduce like other bacteria?
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