12 thoughts on “P11 – Whited

  1. How was your phage contaminated, and how would you go about making sure the phage was not contaminated in the future?

    1. Unfortunately, I do not really know how our phage was contaminated. I know that the Corndog contaminate is an incredibly common phage, and it is not uncommon for this particular phage to contaminate samples. Many other groups also had this contaminate. For the future, we could definitely take extra precautions to our sterile field and take more calculated steps when working with our phage samples — especially during isolation.

    1. The lytic cycle allows the phage to basically kill the bacterial infection whereas the lysogenic cycle more like takes over the host cell. The lytic cycle is more beneficial because its process is cut pretty straight in that it is more effective in stopping bacterial infection since it directly kills the cell. In the lysogenic cycle, mutations or phage resistance (though not likely) could occur

  2. What difference between the cycles make the lytic cycle better for therapeutic purposes ?

  3. Do you think that they could have been useful if they did not get infected or is it too hard to tell.

    1. The Corndog phage is a really common phage — it is found basically everywhere. It is not uncommon for it to contaminate samples when trying to isolate a phage. Many other samples in my class also got contaminated with the same contaminant. It could have been partly due to human error, but I think it was more of a natural order.

  4. Do you think that this would’ve been useful had it not gotten infected or is it too difficult to tell.

    1. All bacteriophages have the potential to be useful. However, due to how specific phages are when binding to a host cell, it is definitely not universally applicable, so the specific uses for this specific phage may not be useful. It honestly could have no uses at all.

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