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Marlana Mertens - Microbiology


Information Exhange Between Species in Bacterial Biofilms

When different species of bacteria grow in the same place, sometimes they communicate with one another via small chemical molecules.  This is usually done by one bacterial species to exert dominance over the other species.  However, there is the possibility that genetic in formation can be traded between the bacteria which impart.

Detection of Cryptosporidium  species in soil using nested PCR

Cryptosporidium is a protozoan which infects the digestive system of calves and causes death.  Our group is styudying aspects of laboratory isolation of the protozoan, and causes for the spread of this species.



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