organism odors ( was re: Ecoli?)

Simon Baker sbaker at bioch.ox.ac.uk
Fri Oct 13 07:04:33 EST 1995

K N and P J Harris (ecoli at cix.compulink.co.uk) wrote:

: > for my Master's, and make this my thesis...
: >      Forgive me for rambling, I'll go back to "lurking", now.
: > 
: > 
: >      Kathryn L. Sherlock, BS, MT(ASCP)
: >      (Kathy or Rockbugs)

: Seriously, has anyone out there come acrosss a system that will allow my 
: delicate little students get some idea of the topic without exposing 
: them to (as seen by our gestapo) certain death and us to large damages 
: claims.
: Peter Harris,
: The University of Reading, UK.

A good experiment might be growing Brevibacterium linens, which as far 
as I remember produces methanethiol (bad breath smell, though I might 
be wrong about the exact compound). This can be detected using headspace 
gas chromatography, though what column you could use I can't remember. 
Please e-mail me if you'd like more details, COSHH approved methods only!

Simon Baker
Dept Biochemistry
Oxford, UK

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