susceptibility of ultra-bacteria to heat?

*selah* soma at iii.dorsai.org
Sat Jul 10 01:38:23 EST 1999

I was wondering what the arguments are against the existence of these 
bacteria? There was an epidemic of cryptosporidium in Milwaukee that
caused over 400,000 people to be infected. What do these scientists think
happened there?

On Wed, 07 Jul 1999 13:01:49 -0500, Timothy Paustian
<paustian at bact.wisc.edu> wrote: 
>*selah* wrote:
>> I was wondering if the "ultra"-bacteria (bacteria the size of viruses such
>> as crytosporidium, etc.) are as resistant to heat sterilization as other
>> bacteria - i.e. needing 120 degrees C for 20 minutes - or if it's like
>> viruses needing only 80 degrees C for a minutes or so.
>> Thanks.
>Ultrasmall bacteria are still controversial. They really haven't proven
>to many scientists that they do exist. I would speculate that they are
>as heat resistant as other bacteria, but that entirely depends upon the species.
>Timothy Paustian
>Univ.of Wisconsin-Madison
>Madison, WI

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