The second part of this post covers the first phase of the actual experiment. If you missed the first part of this post, you can find it here. Technically, this is no longer an internship because I didn’t do it for college or work credit. After all the research and planning for the experiment, I wanted to be part of it. I was excited about the prospect of participating in a study between two universities, with the possibility of the findings being published.
We were testing the theory that a bunsen burner could create a sterile field. The reason this would be cool is because many product makers are small businesses that cannot afford to rent lab space for product creation. The execution of the experiment required learning and using aseptic lab techniques (limiting variables), meticulously documenting each step and then counting colonies.
The study has not been published yet so I will not discuss the results. Needless to say, my personal results were… gross. It was really awesome learning about aseptic lab techniques and getting to participate in this study.
Part III of this post will be the final part and will cover the second, and last, experiment conducted as part of this study.