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What would happen if I put my living yeast in various places?

I just started my first batch of homebrew cider using Lalvin EC-1118. I had a little yeast left over, and didn't want to throw it away, so I fed it some apple juice and honey. I started wondering about what I could do with it, but a little voice said to me "ah, better think twice about this." [more inside]
posted by brenton on Mar 19, 2014 - 10 answers

Probiotics during/after antibiotics?

I'm on a course of antibiotics, so I'd like to begin re-colonizing myself with some helpful gut flora. Totally willing to get whatever from wherever; there are Whole Foods and various hippie stores (no slight intended) around where I can purchase food or pills, if I need something not available at a mainstream big box retailer or grocery store. [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Sep 28, 2013 - 16 answers

Freezing marinated chicken?

Hi! Quick question. My dear mother gave me more marinated chicken fillets than I can possibly eat at once. They've been marinating for a day, have not been frozen yet. Can I freeze some of them?
posted by mooza on Jul 27, 2013 - 6 answers

Should I eat this?

Another one of metafilter's favorite topics. Fridge left open since 7am (CDT) this morning. Just discovered 20 minutes ago, so approximately 5 hours ago. It was only left open a crack because one of the drawers was part way open. Is everything a totally loss? Some things are still cool to the touch. [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here] on Apr 22, 2013 - 25 answers

Sweat -- do I have to wash it off (besides for smell purposes)?

I've been looking for info on showering/bathing in relation to sweating and whether it's sanitary or not. I can only seem to find articles that basically say "yeah, you need to shower cause you'll smell" but can't find anything that confirms whether or not it's actually sanitary or not e.g. infections. What do ya'll think/know? [more inside]
posted by defmute on Apr 11, 2013 - 19 answers

Help me figure out this very perplexing stomach bug

YANMD, and I understand that the internet cannot diagnose a medical issue. However, I am wondering if anyone has experienced the same symptoms in regards to a stomach bug, whether viral or bacteria. I am just trying to get some perspective on what my body is doing, and whether or not this seems in-line with something that will likely clear on its own. I'm not in severe pain, but will definitely see a doctor if things take a turn for the worse. I've had SEVERAL unhelpful, or frankly harmful, doctor visits in the past year, so I am (justifiably so) wanting to wade this out for a bit longer. [more inside]
posted by shrimpsmalls on Feb 28, 2013 - 14 answers

How many viruses could we eradicate?

This may end up in a story, it may not... But this occurred to me the other day. We all learned in school that viruses need a host, bacteria do not. Therefore if we all voluntarily quarantined ourselves for two weeks, how many potential viruses could we wipe out? [more inside]
posted by CarlRossi on Feb 10, 2013 - 17 answers

Save my gut flora.

I'm about to bomb my body with a double dose of powerful, wide spectrum antibiotics. What can I really do to help save/repopulate my gut flora? [more inside]
posted by moira on Jan 17, 2013 - 20 answers

He already ate it

So almost two weeks ago, we picked up a box of chocolate kisses from a market in Germany. They are delicious egg white and sugar treats covered in chocolate. [more inside]
posted by monkey!knife!fight! on Nov 9, 2012 - 9 answers

I wanna eat these leftovers! Just not right now.

If I freeze this soup, will it be edible once defrosted and warmed up? Difficulty level: squid. [more inside]
posted by catch as catch can on Oct 22, 2012 - 6 answers

Get in my belly, bacteria filled fishcake.

Can I eat these fishcakes? [more inside]
posted by whalebreath on Sep 25, 2012 - 15 answers

Do I eat this? I really don't want to get sick.

Toss or eat? Yesterday's (restaurant-made) spaghetti in meat sauce that was unrefrigerated for about 10 hrs today. [more inside]
posted by who squared on Sep 17, 2012 - 35 answers

Can you suggest some books for an Ebola leisure reader?

Can you help me expand my “popular epidemiology” book collection by recommending books that are similar to The Coming Plague by Laurie Garrett and the following titles? [more inside]
posted by pupus on Aug 29, 2012 - 24 answers

A biological explanation of food poisoning please

What is happening in the body when food poisoning occurs? Are the symptoms defensive actions or purely symptomatic? [more inside]
posted by distorte on Jun 25, 2012 - 13 answers

What was that article about colonies of bacteria acting like actual historical cities?

Help me find an article about bacteria modeling human behavior at a macro level. My google-fu is failing me. [more inside]
posted by gauche on May 7, 2012 - 4 answers

Did I give my boyfriend cavities?

I had untreated cavities. Now my boyfriend has cavities and his dentist blames me and says we shouldn't kiss. To what degree is this true? [more inside]
posted by elklet on Apr 30, 2012 - 22 answers

Why doesn't our autoclave sterilize our broth?

Why is weird stuff growing in my flasks of 1% tryptone broth after I've autoclaved them to mix and sterilize the broth? [more inside]
posted by pwb503 on Apr 23, 2012 - 14 answers

Kill them all! Or at least prevent their birth.

I need to keep scientific samples (chips) in solution for weeks at a time, and they're growing bacteria. I suspect biologists have a good way of dealing with this, since they tend to do more solution work than I do; are any of you out there able to point me in the right direction in terms of UV lamps or something similar? [more inside]
posted by you're a kitty! on Apr 5, 2012 - 14 answers

Neti pot panic

I used a neti pot with plain tap water and the saline solution. Then I read that you could get brain-eating bacteria from it. I am at work having a panic attack now. Hope me, Metafilter! [more inside]
posted by sucky_poppet on Apr 3, 2012 - 30 answers

Bacteria and viruses texts

Please suggest texts about bacteria and viruses. [more inside]
posted by Laura Macbeth on Mar 21, 2012 - 9 answers

Mixing infant formula with hot water

Question about infant formula milk and hot water [more inside]
posted by low_horrible_immoral on Sep 9, 2011 - 10 answers

Infectious hallucinations?

What would be the best way to create an infective agent that caused hallucinations? I was thinking a virus that modifed serotonin to psilocin - but how exactly would this take place in the cell, and how would a hypothetical virus catalyse that process? Is it realistic for a modern virology lab to design such a virus? I considered a bacterial vector, but I figure that bacterial infection of the CNS would probably just straight-up kill you due to the host response? Perhaps a bacterial species that just hangs out in your gut and squirts out psilocin that it synthesises itself, rather than having to methylate free serotonin? I know a fair bit of biochemistry but not much at all about microbiology, if that helps guide your explanations.
posted by nicolas léonard sadi carnot on Aug 26, 2011 - 19 answers

Bacterial vaginosis during pregnancy

Bacterial Vaginosis during pregnancy, is Flagyl safe? [more inside]
posted by lwclec072 on Aug 18, 2011 - 6 answers

Is it unsanitary to do yoga on shared bathroom floor?

Is it unsanitary to do yoga on the bathroom floor? [more inside]
posted by defmute on May 15, 2011 - 29 answers

Now how did this happen...

ProteinFilter: Anyone ever worked with a protein that forms a filmy mess after purification? [more inside]
posted by Slackermagee on Apr 10, 2011 - 13 answers

Disinfecting stinky leather without damaging it beyond use?

My all-leather combat boots stink. Probably colonized by fungus. Looking to disinfect and wash without murdering the old, already mildly damaged leather. [more inside]
posted by wires on Mar 27, 2011 - 6 answers

beef beef

Have I ruined my organic beef? [more inside]
posted by whalebreath on Mar 2, 2011 - 14 answers

Why did all my jam "fall" to the TOP of the jar?

Why did all my jam "fall" to the TOP of the jar? I got some store-bought jam, used it once, then put it in the fridge. The next time I went to use it (about 2 weeks later), all the jam was moved to the top of the jar, up against the lid, as though it had been stored upside down. At the bottom of the jar was an empty gap. What caused this? [more inside]
posted by (alice) on Mar 1, 2011 - 20 answers

It just sits there on the bench for hours...

My girlfriend thinks it's bad to put hot or warm food in the fridge without letting it cool to room temperature first. Something something bacteria something something. I think she's stupid. I also think she's wrong. Is she?
posted by doublehappy on Jan 18, 2011 - 20 answers

Did I just murder my Kefir grains?

Did I murder my Kefir grains? [more inside]
posted by Tchad on Jan 11, 2011 - 3 answers

Which antibiotics will kill bacteria but allow yeast to grow?

Is there a broad spectrum antibiotic that will kill / slow down most bacteria, but will not affect yeast at all? [more inside]
posted by Peter Petridish on Dec 20, 2010 - 13 answers

I want to eat Christmas dinner!

Finally got a diagnosis, and after weeks of waiting for new insurance to come through, I got the meds. My only problem? I feel worse on the meds than I did before. Help me survive the holidays! (Maybe TMI!) [more inside]
posted by two lights above the sea on Dec 18, 2010 - 14 answers

Should I kill Helicobacter, and how?

How advisable is it to eliminate Helicobacter pylori from your gut, and how do I go about it? [more inside]
posted by Cobalt on Oct 16, 2010 - 5 answers

H Pylori, Anti-Biotics and detoxing. How ?

I am recovering, hopefully, from H Pylori. I am trying to find out the best detox plan for being on such heavy meds. [more inside]
posted by eve28 on Aug 24, 2010 - 24 answers

My "No. 1" Question about Hygiene

Which is cleaner? Touch no surfaces and don't wash your hands during a public restroom visit or touch various surfaces and then wash your hands? [more inside]
posted by Any Moose In a Storm on Aug 24, 2010 - 38 answers

I'd Like to Learn Some Culture

Healthy yogurt cultures. There must be a wide range of probiotic value across the field offerings. Is there any chart out there where they are at least mildly scientifically ranked by product? [more inside]
posted by carlh on Jul 12, 2010 - 12 answers

What do we know for sure kills dental cavity bacteria?

What do we know for sure kills dental cavity bacteria? [more inside]
posted by cda on Jul 1, 2010 - 7 answers

Unoriginal question no. 935702

Is it safe to eat meat that has thawed and been in room temperature for about 6 hours, and then refrigerated again? [more inside]
posted by DeltaForce on Jun 28, 2010 - 11 answers

Money down the drain....

What septic tank treatment products actually work? and how would you know if they did anyway? [more inside]
posted by teg4rvn on Apr 6, 2010 - 9 answers

Help me not kill my friends and family with DIY sugar scrub!

How long will a homemade sugar and olive or grapeseed oil scrub last in a sealed container? [more inside]
posted by faeuboulanger on Feb 2, 2010 - 8 answers

Heat resistant bacteria?

Will heat treating food lead to heat-resistant bacteria? [more inside]
posted by devnull on Jan 29, 2010 - 7 answers

Proper culture for soy yoghourt

Trying to make my own vegan soy yoghourt from scratch, I ended up with an uncultured mess. Please advise on proper microbial use, or improvements upon whatever else it was that I mucked up. [more inside]
posted by monocultured on Nov 18, 2009 - 8 answers

Germs on my hands

Is it possible for bacteria, and/or viruses to ever physically adapt to soap, alcohol, peroxide, iodine, ect.? [more inside]
posted by MrMulan on Nov 16, 2009 - 14 answers

Is there anything fishy here?

Its that time of the year again, when I get the furnace cleaned, install a new filter, clean the humidifier ( and install a new humidifier pad), and start it all up. In the last few years, I've seen something called the "Swordfish" advertised. Its an ultraviolet light that is connected to the furnace ductwork and kill bacteria as well as mold that passes by the light. I've read some reviews about it and it sounds as though it does work. However I'm still a little skeptical. Does anybody have one or have any thoughts on it?
posted by Taurid on Nov 6, 2009 - 7 answers

Everybody dies. How do they look?

I'm toying with an idea for a short story or maybe a long story or maybe no story, but the idea has led me to a point where I have a question for those of you who have some knowledge about science and biology. Read on, brave adventurer! [more inside]
posted by kbanas on Oct 12, 2009 - 19 answers

Fecal Coliform question

Fecal coliform contamination. Not in bathrooms, or kitchens, or doorhandles, or workplaces, but on you. Related to a previous Mefi post which I've been unable to find. [more inside]
posted by Barmecide on May 29, 2009 - 11 answers

Help me fix my antibiotic-shredded stomach!

How do you fix a stomach blitzed by antibiotics? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 6, 2009 - 10 answers

How to identify science fair bacteria in agar nutrient gel

What kinds of bacteria make red and yellow spots in agar nutrient gel? [more inside]
posted by zeoslap on Apr 2, 2009 - 12 answers

I just ate accidentally ate some cheese with pink bacteria growing on it, will I get sick?

I ate some cheddar cheese with a pink bacterial plaque growing on it, could this be something that'll make me sick? [more inside]
posted by CTORourke on Mar 23, 2009 - 18 answers

Ugh. Make it stop!

How do I heal my gut? [more inside]
posted by missuswayne on Mar 20, 2009 - 15 answers

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