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Use of a Fluorescent Brightener for tracing the Passage of Salmonella in Eggs

Nature volume 204, pages 803804 (21 November 1964) | Download Citation



DURING investigations concerning the contamination of eggs by Salmonella, cultural methods for detecting the passage of the organisms through the shell into and beyond the membranes provided little evidence concerning possible sites of entry and subsequent translocation. The work of Darken1,2 on the uses and properties of fluorescent brighteners suggested a suitable means of tracing these bacteria.

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    , Science, 133, 1704 (1961).

  2. 2.

    , App. Microbiol., 10, 387 (1962).

  3. 3.

    , App. Microbiol., 11, 154 (1963).

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    • A. M. PATON

    Present address: Bacteriology Department, University of Aberdeen, Scotland.


  1. Department of Dairy and Food Industry and Department of Bacteriology, Iowa State University, Ames.

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