MadSci Network: Microbiology

Subject: Gelatin agar - is there a way to make it oneself?

Date: Mon Feb 23 16:25:31 1998
Posted by Laura D
Grade level: 10-12
School: BCI
City: Brockville State/Province: ON
Country: Canada
Area of science: Microbiology
ID: 888272731.Mi

I want to grow bacteria found on people's hands by culturing it in a nutrient agar medium, and make comparisons with hands washed in various soaps. I need to know more about agar. Would gelatin agar be appropriate for this experiment? Is there a way I could make it myself? This information will help me tremendously; I haven't been able to find anything very helpful on the subject. I am also very open to suggestions on an appropriate method for this experiment: controls, etc.

Thanking you in advance,
Laura =]

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