28 May, 2009

Toaster's Ear!

Figure A: Swab of Toaster's left ear. No visible earwax on swab after swabbing. TSAII/5%SB plate cultured ~48h at 37C, 5%CO2. Note 2 distinct colony morphologies, no hemolysis or swarming.

8 comments:

Arlenna said...

eeew!

Anonymous said...

ummm dude, my ear is feeling squeemy. kthx.

Epicanis ( http://www.bigroom.org/wordpress ) said...

What kind of Mad Scientist are you? You've got this cool culture and you haven't even stuck 'em under a microscope yet? Nor taught them to attack your enemies?

tig said...

I can't identify those from here cuz I usually sniff plates to ID things. e.g. Escherichia spp. on MacConkey agar smell like raspberry yoghurt whereas other bugs smell like toast... Think I'm nuts? Sniff them! Smells are diagnostic!

tig

Toaster Sunshine said...

I do not doubt that smells are diagnostic. In addition to being hemolytic, Bacteroides thetaiotaomicron also smells like distilled body odor. The plate in question smelled like potato water.

tig said...

Potatoey smells to me always make me think of Gram positives - probably Staphylococcus epidermis perhaps?

Eppendork said...

No fungus - always a good thing!

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