The Smart Phone As Vector 2014

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Bacteria can utilize many different things as vectors in order to promote their transmission. Insects, water, food, coughs and sneezes, sexual contact, and rain are just a few examples. The mobile phone appears to be no exception this rule. As part of BMS1035 Practical and Biomedical Bacteriology, an undergraduate module that I run, I get the students to to imprint their mobile phones onto bacteriological growth media so that we might determine what they might carry. From these results, it seems that the mobile phone doesn’t just remember telephone numbers, but also harbours a history of our personal and physical contacts such as other people, soil, etc.The images here are from the latest version of this experiment performed by the University of Surrey Level 4 UG  students in 2014.

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  6. This is an awesome project! Have you thought to try an characterize any of the bacterial colonies that grew? (and some of the fungi as well?) I may have to borrow this idea in the future!

  7. Hi Simon! I’m a physician assistant grad student at the University of Mount Union and I’m writing a research paper exploring the topic whether health care worker’s cell phones can cause hospital acquired infections. I was hoping to use your photos for my presentation and I’m requesting access to do so. Thank you!!

    Samantha Thompson

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