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Postby MrMistery » Sat Feb 25, 2006 6:57 pm

don't forget about glycocalix. also , i have a question. bacteria have cell walls over their membrane and some even have a capsule. would the soap attach to the cell wall as well as the membrane?
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Postby kiekyon » Sun Feb 26, 2006 4:27 am

victor wrote:I dunno....any related experiments about "eating soap"?:lol:
that's according to my opinion, but I don't think that our cell membrane will get 'washed' that easy..because we've gotten epithelial cells and mucous membrane which can prevent the soap's bad effect..:lol:


hmm. i do remember cases of people committing suicide by drinking dettol.
perhaps that's what that really happen..
the membrane got washed away...
but then it is different from soap
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Postby mith » Sun Feb 26, 2006 6:16 am

Except dettol isn't a soap
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Postby victor » Sun Feb 26, 2006 1:17 pm

MrMistery wrote:don't forget about glycocalix. also , i have a question. bacteria have cell walls over their membrane and some even have a capsule. would the soap attach to the cell wall as well as the membrane?


Hmm...for that thing, I (like it or not) have to pending it first, looking the answer in my MedMicBio book about the structure of those capsules... :lol: but, thanks for asking, it really forces me to reopen my book again... :lol:
or anyone know about it?? 8)
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Postby victor » Thu Mar 02, 2006 12:17 pm

Oh, I've found the answer...Um, our bodies have sebaceous glands is it?? that's one of the way that microorganisms use to stick on our body..:lol:
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Postby MrMistery » Thu Mar 02, 2006 6:27 pm

Oh, and sebum is a fatty substance.. Makes sense...
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Postby victor » Fri Mar 03, 2006 10:57 am

Yup, so the key is that soaps don't directly bind the microorganisms' cell walls, but they take them out together with our sebum... :D
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Postby VeenaandNivyah » Tue Mar 07, 2006 1:22 pm

basically...i use soap only for the fragrance of it..especially the lavender perfumed ones are the best... :lol:
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Postby biokid33 » Mon Mar 13, 2006 8:12 pm

I have a quick queston, is there anything a 14 year old kid should look into for a job in this field of work
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Postby canalon » Mon Mar 13, 2006 8:25 pm

biokid33 wrote:I have a quick queston, is there anything a 14 year old kid should look into for a job in this field of work


Huh? Which field are you talking about? Maybe you should start a new topic.
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Postby sebast18 » Fri Mar 17, 2006 7:27 pm

hey kid, there is not much you can do at 14 years old in the biology domain, but you can read as much as possible and make your own observations in nature. That what I did until I reached the age to study it serously. It really made me love biology and become motivated to study hard. ;)
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Postby kabuto » Wed Apr 12, 2006 4:43 am

mithrilhack wrote:Except dettol isn't a soap


what is dettol, then?
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