Friday, February 18, 2011

On Bacteria and Microbiology

One of the subjects that I find interesting in my Masters program is Microbiology and Biochemistry. I know many would disagree and say that it is a very boring subject with so many things to memorize, but it is an interesting subject. Our professor made it more interesting for us by giving some anecdotes and philosophical, historical and political comments.

I think my interest with this subject started when I was in high school and did a research on Staphylococcus aureus. It was for a research paper but we had to discontinue it since we ran out of culture. If you come to think of it, bacteria are fascinating organisms... much more fascinating than looking for places to buy silver coins. I guess for others, silver coins are more fascinating to collect and study. But did you know that silver has antibacterial properties? This would explain why your refrigerators or washing machines may have Ag+ labels attached to it to indicate that they help prevent the accumulation and growth of bacteria in these appliances.

Did you also know that studying this subject can also make you paranoid? And you would never want to reheat food more than once ever again or eat spaghetti just anywhere or reboil cooled boiled water.

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