American Journal of Microbiology

Condoms-As Sources of Extracellular Enzyme Producing Microbes

M. Mishra, P. Nandy, S. Debsarma, M. Dutta, A. K. Sarkar, A. Chakraborty, T. B. Samanta, A. R. Thakur and S. R. Chaudhuri

DOI : 10.3844/ajmsp.2010.14.22

American Journal of Microbiology

Volume 1, Issue 2

Pages 14-22

Abstract

Problem statement: Condoms are widely used birth control measures which are made of natural latex or synthetic materials like polyurethane or polyisoprene as matrix with lubricants added to make them ready to use commodities. Absence of sterilization method along with presence of lubricant like petroleum jelly (that are applied on the outer surface), prompted the investigators to look for microbes from the surface of male condoms. Approach: The culture based method was used for the study. This study reports the isolation and preliminary characterization of microbes from unused new condoms of ten different brands available in the chemist

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© 2010 M. Mishra, P. Nandy, S. Debsarma, M. Dutta, A. K. Sarkar, A. Chakraborty, T. B. Samanta, A. R. Thakur and S. R. Chaudhuri. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.