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by animus
Tue Aug 13, 2013 7:53 pm
Forum: Zoology Discussion
Topic: Diagnosis: black/brown spots on koi scales; picture included
Replies: 3
Views: 7345

Oh, wow that is interesting! And pretty creepy. I already gave the fish to my friend, who gave it to her neighbor because it didn't cope well with my friend's fish and would be better off in the neighbor's koi pond. So I can't check the fish and confirm that it's argulus. It was more like the whole ...
by animus
Thu Aug 01, 2013 4:25 pm
Forum: Zoology Discussion
Topic: Caterpillar identification
Replies: 1
Views: 3044

Caterpillar identification

I would like to know what kind of caterpillar this is so I know what to feed it. Found it in my room actually so I don't know on what plant(s) it likes to reside!
by animus
Sat Jun 29, 2013 3:11 am
Forum: Microbiology
Topic: How to maintain sterility while preparing petri dishes
Replies: 8
Views: 11889

Oh, okay! There is so much to learn. I love it. Thanks.
by animus
Thu Jun 27, 2013 12:18 pm
Forum: Microbiology
Topic: How to maintain sterility while preparing petri dishes
Replies: 8
Views: 11889

Thank you for that information! Excellent! I think I've found where I've gone wrong—the agar itself. I only boiled it for a few minutes each time I've tried so there were very likely some contaminants still in there. After I used the bottle the first time, there were some strange things growing on t...
by animus
Mon Jun 24, 2013 1:35 am
Forum: Microbiology
Topic: How to maintain sterility while preparing petri dishes
Replies: 8
Views: 11889

Thanks Cat and Amphibitile.

Maybe I'll just bring them with me to the university in the fall and use their equipment. Not exactly willing to invest in an autoclave yet! Maybe I'll try the burner idea. Or just buy some disposable sterile plates. Thanks again. :)
by animus
Mon Jun 24, 2013 1:30 am
Forum: Zoology Discussion
Topic: Diagnosis: black/brown spots on koi scales; picture included
Replies: 3
Views: 7345

Diagnosis: black/brown spots on koi scales; picture included

Hello all, This question is a little bit unrelated but I don't want to make a separate account on some aquarium website just to ask this. Hah. :) I made the (probably unwise) decision to buy a koi a few months ago; I have a 25-gallon tank. He seems to be doing fine, except he started to get a few bl...
by animus
Thu Jun 13, 2013 10:42 pm
Forum: Microbiology
Topic: How to maintain sterility while preparing petri dishes
Replies: 8
Views: 11889

How to maintain sterility while preparing petri dishes

I'm a newbie in this area and just prepare and observe bacteria in petri dishes (and then under the 'scope) for my own learning experience. I thought I was being sufficiently sanitary while heating the agar and pouring it into the plates. But before I even got the chance to start up bacteria in one ...
by animus
Mon Apr 15, 2013 10:47 pm
Forum: Genetics
Topic: Genetic testing: reliability, accuracy, experience?
Replies: 3
Views: 8095

Thanks, both of you. biohazard, that was an excellent answer. Thanks so much for taking the time to write it and share that information with me! If only there were more people with knowledgeable answers like that on Internet forums. We'd all have a lot more of our questions answered. Haha. Anyway, I...
by animus
Sun Apr 14, 2013 4:44 am
Forum: Genetics
Topic: Genetic testing: reliability, accuracy, experience?
Replies: 3
Views: 8095

Genetic testing: reliability, accuracy, experience?

I read an article in a magazine before about genetic testing. I thought it would be a good idea for me since I'm adopted and would like to know if I express or carry genes for any kind of condition. Then I can take action early. I was pretty excited about the whole idea until I realized the results ...
by animus
Fri Dec 07, 2012 3:03 am
Forum: Microbiology
Topic: Basics for preparing bacterial cultures
Replies: 4
Views: 5578

Ha yes that's what I meant. Makes sense. Seems I'm better off getting nutrient agar since there are no bacteria in particular I'd like to observe except maybe E. coli and they grow in nutrient. I thought it'd be cool to see what I can culture in a different type of agar (and, admittedly, I just thin...
by animus
Thu Nov 29, 2012 4:29 am
Forum: Microbiology
Topic: Basics for preparing bacterial cultures
Replies: 4
Views: 5578

Ah, good information in that video! Thanks. I found this: http://faculty.mdc.edu/jmorata/TYPES%20OF%20AGAR.pdf in case you wanted to know which bacteria are used for which type of agar. So.. you do use different agar depending on which bacterium you'd like to culture. What's the standard agar used f...
by animus
Tue Nov 27, 2012 10:07 pm
Forum: Physiology
Topic: Why do we feel sleepy after eating meal?
Replies: 5
Views: 27041

Waking this thread up; sorry.. But recently on Mythbusters they tested this myth; Do we feel sleepy after Thanksgiving dinner because of the high amounts of tryptophan in turkey? In short, no. They had two guys on the team eat different meals: a big dinner including turkey, a big dinner without the ...