Prior to Louis Pasteur there was a commonly held belief that living microbes could arise from non-living matter by a “mysterious” process known as spontaneous generation. Pasteur was ingenious in designing “controls” into experiments and his classic S-tube flasks proved to be the key to dispelling the belief in spontaneous generation. You and your students can now easily duplicate Pasteur's classic experiment with this convenient kit.
In this demonstration a series of media-filled flasks with different openings and treatments are exposed to air containing microbes. The only flasks that become contaminated are those where microbes can come in direct contact with the media. The S-shape flasks remain sterile even though they are open to the air. Why? Because microbes can't “navigate” around the S-shaped bend in the glass. Set up in 1864, Pasteur's open-air, S-shaped flasks are still sterile in a museum in France. Consider keeping the S-shaped flasks in your classroom. They will remain sterile for years to come. Your students will be very impressed!
Enough materials are provided for one complete demonstration setup and includes the pre-shaped S-tube, chemicals, and complete teaching instructions.
Additional ResourcesNo Additional Resources at the time.
Flinn Catalog/Reference Manual Page 1000
Flinn Middle School Catalog/Reference Manual Page 589
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