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Bacterial Isolation
A mini game where students learn about the proper techniques of isolating single colonies from a culture sample, how to use aseptic techniques and how to perform plate streaking.

About This Simulation

In the Bacterial Isolation simulation, you will investigate the cause of a contamination of poultry meat by a dangerous bacteria strain that is resistant to common antibiotics. After taking samples from the chicken farm, you will need to work in the virtual laboratory to isolate single colonies of the deadly bacteria among a variety of different species. To do so you will learn how to work under sterile conditions, and you will be able to practice and perfect your plate streaking technique. Will you be able to successfully isolate the dangerous bacterial strain?



Mogens Kilstrup

Lecturer, Institute for Systems Biology

Techincal University of Denmark

Learning Objectives

  • Understanding the importance of bacterial growth for the investigation of pathological microorganisms
  • Learning how to work under aseptic techniques
  • Understanding the concept of a single colony
  • Learning and perform plate-streaking techniques
  • Using selective media for isolation purposes


  • Colony screening
  • Sterile technique
  • Plate streaking



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