Bacteria Sample


In our age of technology, the use of smart phones has skyrocketed, but at what cost. We set our phones down anywhere and touch them constantly no matter what we had touched before. To see how dirty our phones really are, I swabbed the face of my iPhone and cultured the sample on agar. After weeks of growing, I could not believe my eyes. Hundreds of multicolored bacteria were spread across the agar plate. With a toothpick, I removed a drop of yellow bacteria and set it on a glass slide. If you know anything about the species, please comment. Thank you.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Manu Prakash says:

    Wow – now we should all think more before taking the phones everywhere.

    If you want to try; here are a few tips on live bacterial imaging:

    Can’t wait to see all the things you will discover. Keep exploring – you have a wonderful eye for small things.


  2. laksiyer says:

    Would be great if you have a picture of the plate. I have often had Micrococcus luteus contaminating my plates a student. These are large cocci.

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