Public keybaords are known to harbor a variety of microbes, ranging form harmless to pathogenic. This bacterial isolation, characterization and identification from the UAF library could reflect an element of overall campus public health. The isolated bacterial culture is potentially unique to the arctic. Or it may be present on the keyboard simply as a result of human activity. The isolate’s suspected identification is ‘‹Psychrobacter sp. Sarcosine-02u-2. Sarcosine is an amino acid derivative found in muscle and other body tissue though literature on the isolated species does not seem to be available so a link between its name and this specific metabolism intermediate is unclear.
Link to article:
Colonial and microscopic morphology of Psychrobacter sanguinis.
Sangeun Lim, Hui-Jin Yu, Seungjun Lee, Eun-Jeong Joo. First Case of Psychrobacter sanguinis Bacteremia in a Korean Patient Ann Clin Microbiol Vol. 20, No. 3, September, 2017
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