MadSci Network: Microbiology

Subject: Why doesn't streptococcus kill you when you eat it?

Date: Thu May 21 07:55:42 1998
Posted by Lisa Slatner
Grade level: 10-12
School: ALHS
City: Buffalo State/Province: New York
Country: USA
Area of science: Microbiology
ID: 895755342.Mi

Hello -

In our biology class we experimented with bacteria to make cheese
curds and yogurt. Both tasted gross but we did it to learn
about different bacteria. My teacher said that streptococcus is
important for making the milk curdle, but I also heard once that 
streptococcus is the one that can make your skin fall off and kill
you. So why can we eat cheese and yogurt and not get sick?

Thank you for taking the time to answer my question. You guys are

:) Lis

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