Answer to Question #179928 in Microbiology for Kim

Question #179928

What makes the acid-fast bacteria more pathogenic than other bacteria?


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2021-04-12T08:12:24-0400

Acid fast bacteria stain pink using the dye Carbol-fuchsin due to a high concentration of mycolic acids in their cell wall. The mycolic acids form a thick, waxy layer that makes them very resistant to environmental stressors, like antibiotics.


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