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20.3: Pre-lab Questions

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    1. What is the purpose of an endospore?
    2. How would a disease like C-diff spread so easily through a healthcare facility like a nursing home? What precautions should be taken to prevent spread of the disease from one patient to another?
    3. What diseases are some Bacillus and Clostridium species known for? (Hint: you will have to look this up)
    4. Why is it necessary to heat the smear with the stain?
    5. Color in the following diagram of bacteria (clear, green, or pink) during the various stain steps:

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