1. Genetics and Genomics
  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
Cite this article 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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