You may have read a lot about gut health and microbiomes in the media lately. Our skin has its own distinct suite of microflora too. To identify what has actually grown, scientists describe the colony morphology and then microscopic identification.

Our task was much simpler – how does washing and using hand sanitiser impact on what and how many microorganisms grow? Students were also asked to consider the observable difference between contact and airborne inoculation of the plate.

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