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The Unculturables

Contributed by lburbach on Aug 02, 2013 - 10:31 AM

Unculturable bacteria are not necessarily uncharacterizable. Microbiological techniques, like PCR and DNA sequencing of "housekeeping" genes, has allowed scientists to continue to gain understand about microbes, whether or not they are culturable. However, the ability to fight human infections and develop cures requires these unculturables to become cultured, so the microorganisms can be grown and studied in laboratory settings. 

The question remains, why are these organisms 'unculturable' ?

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