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Favorite Microbe

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Favorite Microbe

Postby EmmVeePee » Wed Feb 20, 2008 6:42 pm

Let's hear it; what's your favorite microbe and why?

I personally love Phages; mainly their structure is so alien and intriguing.
As far as living organisms...
Yeast, for its industrial uses (beer).
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Postby mcar » Sat Feb 23, 2008 11:57 am

I never heard of having microbes to be one of the favourites. I just remember that a bacillus for me has a very nice shape.
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Postby canalon » Sun Feb 24, 2008 3:45 am

E coli K12, yes I am very selective ;-)

Simple to grow, easy to work with and harmless unlike most of my other playmates coming from the environment. Go K12!
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Re: Favorite Microbe

Postby biohazard » Tue Feb 26, 2008 8:19 am

Pseudomonas aeruginosa, naturally! It smells like meadows in the spring wind (how poetic!). In addition, it has interesting antibiotic resistance properties.

Another ones I like are Mycobacterioum tuberculosis and Staphylococcus aureus, interesting pathogens both.

Finally, Pichia pastoris is nice as well, since I can even produce pieces of dog in it :D (well okay, dog proteins, but they ARE pieces of dog in a way, aren't they :P)
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Postby Mjhavok » Wed Feb 27, 2008 12:29 am

Borrelia burgdorferi because it sounds dirty.

Not really my favourite but it was off the top of my head.

Names in italics folks else I will be deducting points lol.
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Postby Cat » Wed Feb 27, 2008 12:58 am

Agrobacterium tumefaciens for me - it is a natural genetic engineer!!!
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