Establishing the Use of Real-time PCR for Staphylococcal Enterotoxin

Shiun-Bi Su

2005 Vol.21 NO.12

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Staphylococci are spherical or elliptical bacteria with diameters of 0.4 – 1.2 m (average 0.8 m). They tend to form grape-like clusters seen under the microscope during growth, and thus are called Staphylococci. They are non-motile, gram-positive bacteria that do not form spores, although prolonged culture may render them gram-negative. They are widely distributed in the air, soil, water, foods, and on utensils, skin, hands, in the nasopharyngeal region, and nostrils of healthy individuals. Staphylococci possess several distinct biological characteristics: