>> I wish to conduct a project by culturing bacteria taken
> from people with sore throats. However, I do not know the best
> method of extracting the bacteria. Do I use a cotton swab to
> get the bacteria from the throats or do I ask the volunteer to
> gargle his/her mouth with water and use the water to do
> the culture. Also I wish to know any traditional medicines one
> will reccommend for sore throats. Any suggestions??
> Thanks. Any help will be much appreciated.
> Cindy.Using a sterile swab swipe the swab over the back of the throat and the
side (near the tonsils) usually I use a circular motion. the culture
media should be able to isolate gram positive organisms and gram negative
organisms ie t soy blood agar and emb or mackonkeys agar
good luck Mark F Reinen MT