1. Genomics and Evolutionary Biology
  2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease
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Epidemiology: Promiscuous bacteria have staying power

  1. Ruth C Massey Is a corresponding author
  2. Daniel J Wilson Is a corresponding author
  1. University of Bristol, United Kingdom
  2. University of Oxford, United Kingdom
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Cite as: eLife 2017;6:e30734 doi: 10.7554/eLife.30734
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Streptococcus pneumoniae isolated from a child can be grown on blood agar.

Pneumococci grow as glistening colonies on agar plates. Blood is included in the agar because it provides an enzyme that can neutralize the harmful amount of hydrogen peroxide that the bacteria naturally produce.

IMAGE CREDIT: Nathan Reading.

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