Microbiologists study the characteristics of microscopic organisms by observing the structure, development, and characteristics of bacteria, algae, and fungi, seeking to understand their relationship to human, plant and animal health. Beyond this, they investigate the relationship between these organisms and disease, iincluding the effects of antibiotics on microorganisms. They use microscopes to identify and classify these organisms in food and water specimens and humans. In addition, they isolate, grow and maintain cultures of bacteria, providing the media, moisture, temperature, and nutrition necessary for their delopment jn order to study their morphology and development.They provide lab services for health departments and physicians as well as environmental programs.

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