Prof. Tyndall on Germs *


    IN further illustration of the dangers incurred in this field of inquiry the author refers to the excellent paper of Dr. Roberts on Biogenesis, in the “Philosophical Transactions” for 1874. Dr. Roberts fills the bulb of an ordinary pipette to about two-thirds of its capacity with the infusion to be examined. In the neck of the pipette he places a plug of dry cotton-wool. He then hermetically seals the neck and dips the bulb into boiling water or hot oil, where he permits it to remain for the requisite time. Here we have no disturbance from ebullition, and no loss by evaporation. The bulb is removed from the hot water and permitted to cool. The sealed end of the neck is then filed off, the cotton-wool alone interposing between the infusion and the atmosphere.

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