Bacteriophage b/w Bacteriophage

Bacteriophage

The T4 bacteriophage is a virus that attaches to the surface of the bacterium Escherichia coli. Once attached, the bacteriophage injects its DNA into the bacterium. The DNA instructs the bacterium to produce masses of new viruses. So many are produced, that the E. coli bursts releasing the viral particles.

Safety information

The teaching of such an important subject as microbiology cannot be achieved effectively without enhancing the theory with hands on experience in the laboratory.

All microbiology investigations require the user to adopt good microbiology practice. Whenever working with organisms there are practical procedures to ensure safe transfer and avoid contamination, which are common to most activities. These include aseptic technique, flaming loops and bottles, handling and labelling agar plates, incubation and storage and disposal and disinfection. (see Basic Practical Microbiology: A Manual published by the SGM for further information.)

Sterilizing a wire loop over a Bunsen burner

Safety guidelines

Safety issues which need to be considered before carrying out practical microbiology.

Assorted signs and symbols warning of potential hazards

Risk assessment

How to assess risk before carrying out practical microbiology work.

Students in a biology laboratory preparing microbial cultures

Good microbiological laboratory practice (GMLP)

What is GMLP and why is it necessary?

Autoclave oven

Spillage management

How to manage spills safely.

Resources

SGM produces a wide range of microbiology teaching resources for all age groups click here to find out more.

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