Pre-Lab Lab Unit 08 - Ubiquity of Microorganisms PRINT

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Pre-Lab Lab Unit 08 - Ubiquity of Microorganisms Levine 1 Alexis Levine Dr. Maxwell T/R 14, March 2010 Introduction: This week in lab we will be taking samples from the environment of common objects around us. We are going to find out the microbial population size and the different types of organisms surrounding us in our every day life. To say microorganisms are ubiquitous in the environment is basically saying they are everywhere, which is true. You cannot escape microorganisms; they exist everywhere at the same time (Merriam- Webster Online Dictionary, 2010). In our environment you will find many types of organisms such as algae, fungi, protozoa, and viruses to name a few. You can find organisms everywhere on the door handle, tooth brush, bed, make up, and just about everywhere there are microorganisms living whether you can see them or not they are there. I think there will be thousands if not millions of organisms in my environment because in last weeks lab, when we did the finger prints even after cleaning our hands there were dozens of organisms that appeared. Unless you are a neat freak and constantly sanitizing surfaces there will still be microorganisms living in the environment. Yes, cleaning can limit the number of microorganisms, but it will not eliminate
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