16S RNA sequencing

The other day, one of my commentors wrote that "a well-informed sixth-grader should be able to distinguish MRSA from E. coli".

Well, here's a nutrient agar plate with some of the bacteria that we isolated from a local creek last fall. We identified our bacteria by sequencing the 16S ribosomal DNA, but for various reasons, that I won't go into here, we don't know which sequences belong to which colonies.

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