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Irmengard Rapier nofog at tdl.com
Tue Jan 6 13:49:12 EST 1998

I worked at Biolog for about a year part-time on their developement of 
a yeast database. We tested all the samples on the plate reader after
growing them. If you have some problem samples they would probably be
more than happy to run them for you and of course add them to their
database. A lot of times the results you get may be better if there were
a different combination of substrates for the bugs you are testing. The
substrates that are used are based on what tested the best and got the
most correct results for the bugs being tested. If you have problems
call their customer service as the people I knew that were there would
have been quite helpful.

Veljo Kisand wrote:
> > > Does anyone know anything about Biolog, the company or its' products?
> > what the company claims. The data base contains many clinically
> > important strains. However, often when dealing with environmental
> > isolates for which the database was not constructed it will come up with
> > poor or no matches.  To be expected, but you do get some information on
> > carbon utilization patterns.
> We have used these Biolog GN plates on lake water populations (mixed,
> not isolated strains) to study relative changes throughout season. But
> even for that the selection of substrates seems too clinical :( There is
> quite a few literature on use of Biolog microplates on environmental
> bacteria
> > You can usually give it a try without buying the plate reader. I have
> > found that the people at the company are generally very helpful
> Usual ELISA reader should help...
> Veljo Kisand
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