Science Diction: The Origin Of The Petri Dish

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Friday, December 16th, 2011

In 1887, Julius Petri invented a simple pair of nesting glass dishes, ideal for keeping specimens of growing bacteria sterile–the ‘Petri dish.’ Science historian Howard Markel recounts the history of this ubiquitous lab supply, and the serendipitous discovery of the stuff in it, agar.

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