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Bacterial Identification: How do they do it?

Magic.
Magic is far from getting a correct identification of bacteria.
I am pretty sure 90% of medical doctor do not know what is going on with the blood culture they have taken from a patient. They would only expect that some result will be handed to them stating the name of the bacteria and what antibiotic that is susceptible to it. It is just like magic. They must be some magical machine that we use by entering a certain amount of blood and it magically processes until a piece of paper came out at a different port as a culture result.
The process however are more complicated than that. With the help of technology ,however, we were moving ahead quickly to the future where magic could really happen like what I had described above.
Microbiologist used to culture the blood specimen everyday. Once it reaches the lab, a drop of blood will be streaked on to a culture plate and put into an incubator. One day later, the culture plate will be reviewed. One day later also, if the culture did not …