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Determination of the Antibiotic Resistance Profile of Student Cell Phones

    Author: Lisa Ann Blankinship1
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    Affiliations: 1: Department of Biology, University of North Alabama, Florence, AL 35632
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    • Published 03 December 2012
    • Corresponding author. Mailing address: Department of Biology, University of North Alabama, Florence, AL 35632. Phone: 256-765-5044. Fax: 256-765-4430. E-mail: lblankinship@una.edu.
    • Copyright © 2012 American Society for Microbiology
    Source: J. Microbiol. Biol. Educ. December 2012 vol. 13 no. 2 178-179. doi:10.1128/jmbe.v13i2.425
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    Abstract:

    Sampling of common use items (e.g., student cell phones) for bacterial presence, identification, and antibiotic resistance profiling helps students to recognize the need for routine cleaning of personal items and encourages thoughtful use of currently available medications. This multilab period project can be used to teach or reinforce several methods from general microbiology including aseptic technique, isolation streak, serial dilution, spread plating, Kirby Bauer testing, unknown identification, and media production. The data generated can be saved and added to each semester, thus providing a data set that reflects a local trend of antibiotic resistance.

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References & Citations

1. BSAC (British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy) 2011 The urgent need: regenerating antibacterial drug discovery and development. [Online.] http://antibiotic-action.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/TUN-Report.pdf
2. Johnson TR, Case CL 2001 Laboratory experiments in microbiology 6th ed Benjamin Cummings New York, NY
3. WHO (World Health Organization) 2011 Antimicrobial resistance: what can be done? [Online.] http://www.euro.who.int/en/what-we-do/health-topics/disease-prevention/antimicrobial-resistance/antibiotic-resistance/what-can-be-done
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Abstract:

Sampling of common use items (e.g., student cell phones) for bacterial presence, identification, and antibiotic resistance profiling helps students to recognize the need for routine cleaning of personal items and encourages thoughtful use of currently available medications. This multilab period project can be used to teach or reinforce several methods from general microbiology including aseptic technique, isolation streak, serial dilution, spread plating, Kirby Bauer testing, unknown identification, and media production. The data generated can be saved and added to each semester, thus providing a data set that reflects a local trend of antibiotic resistance.

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