JEDilworth <bactitech at nospamhortonsbay.com> wrote in message
news:3CD0BA49.E1E01171 at nospamhortonsbay.com...
I wouldn't worry so much about damaging the agar as damaging
If you really overcook it, you can damage the nutrients - caramelising
sugars, destroying growth factors etc - so some fastidious species won't
grow or may be killed.
> I would think reusing microscope slides would be a pain. You'd have to
> clean them off, they stick together, and would generally be much more
> trouble than they're worth. I would buy a few boxes and be done with it.
I'm sure he doesn't need the slides sterile - steeping them in hypochlorite
solution overnight and then washing is probably sufficient. Might be enough
for the testtubes too.