RACIAL PROFILING IN MICROBIOLOGY

Most pathogenic bacteria are gram-positive. Of course, colour should only apply to bacteria, not people.

Apr 21, 2017
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RACIAL PROFILING IN MICROBIOLOGY

by Karen Quinto, digitally rendered by Ana Kolasa

Gram staining is a way to distinguish bacteria that possess peptidoglycan and those that don’t. Peptidoglycan is like an exoskeleton that gives the bacterial outer layer rigidity, to protect it from exploding from the osmotic pressure of their cytoplasm (watery stuff inside that holds their organs in a gel-like fashion). A gram-positive stain results in a blue-violet colour because peptidoglycan can hold the dye, whereas gram-negative bacteria cannot and instead exhibits the pink counterstain colour. Most pathogenic bacteria are gram-positive. Of course, colour should only apply to bacteria, not people.

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Karen Yves Quinto

Oil Extraction Technologist, MedReleaf

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