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Tom O'Neill pbi at paragonbioservices.com
Mon Mar 25 12:34:39 EST 2002

I axenized my first worms on Friday using the bleach/lye extraction 
procedure. It appears to have gone well. The worms are now growing in 
a bacteria-free peptone/yeast extract/hemoglobin media. My only 
problem was with the word itself-- axenization. It doesn't exactly 
roll off the tongue. In our newly formed nematode group, we've 
decided to use the term "weach" (worm bleach) to describe the 
bleach-based axenization process.

e.g "Have the worms been weached?"

"Actually, they're weaching as we speak."

Try it in your lab-- it's a good word.

Thomas "Onan" O'Neill

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