A Better Way to Grow Cells

A 120-year-old mystery that's stumped microbiologists has been solved. 

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For years, a mystery known as “the great plate count anomaly” has plagued microbiologists: Counts of living cells grown on plates in the lab aren’t as high as counts from the original sample, and no one knows why. To grow these microorganism cultures in the lab, researchers house samples in petri dishes lined with a nourishing gel mixture derived from algae called agar growth media. But despite the nourishment, just 0.1 to 10 percent of cells make it.
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