Disinfectants and Bacteria
Date: August 2004
Please could you tell me how disinfectants kill bacteria. What do they do
to the cell wall and how.
There are 2 other fairly recent answers to similar questions from several of our expert
molecular biologists, although the "Scientific American" link cited prominently in the
1st is no longer active, unfortunately:
Killing Bacteria - http://www.newton.dep.anl.gov/askasci/mole00/mole00138.htm
Disinfectant and Bacteria - http://www.newton.dep.anl.gov/askasci/mole00/mole00303.htm
I hope that these resources are helpful for you,
Jeff Buzby, Ph.D.
CHOC Research Institute
Div. of Educational Programs
Argonne National Laboratory
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