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Why Is Bacillus Resistant to Disinfectants?

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Bacillus Bacteria Different species of bacteria are classified based on several characteristics, including the shape and their configurations (if they tend to clump together). Bacillus bacteria are found everywhere in the world, from the depths of our digestive system to the depths of the ocean. Many of these bacillus species are harmless, and many of them are even necessary for life. For example, the species of bacillus found in our intestine (known as E. coli) helps digest our food and produces vitamins we use in our bodies. However, when these bacteria are found outside the gut, they can cause disease. Because so many bacterial species cause disease, disinfectants are often used to kill them and make the environment sanitary and safe for humans. Oftentimes, disinfectants can be rendered useless if the bacteria develop a resistance to it. Developing Resistance Like most other living organisms, bacillus bacteria have the ability to evolve. Evolution is different than adaptation. An ... more
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