Bacterial Identification software

Allan Konopka akonopka at bilbo.bio.purdue.edu
Wed Dec 4 11:00:19 EST 1996

In article <32A3B42B.2E7D at soton.ac.uk>, T.N.Bryant at soton.ac.uk (Trevor
Bryant) wrote:

> Can any one point me in the direction of any programs for 
> computer assisted identification. I am interested in findoing 
> out what is currently available.
> Thanks
> Trevor Bryant

We have just finished a CD-ROM, "Identibacter interactus," that simulates
the process of bacterial unknown identification commonly undertaken in
undergraduate microbiology laboratories.  It will be distributed by WC
Brown Publishers and should be available by the end of December.  The CD
is designed to run both on Macs and on PCs (Windows 95).

   The software does not do identification for you, but rather allows
students to practice on multiple unknowns, and develop a strategy of
identification for themselves.  The software contains online help for the
approx. 50 diagnostic tests that are available, and some help on the
characteristics of the approx. 60 chemoheterotrophic species that are in
the database.

Allan Konopka
Purdue University
Dept. Biological Sciences.
akonopka at bilbo.bio.purdue.edu

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