blazinfury Posted May 8, 2013 Share Posted May 8, 2013 I am trying to understand the purpose of this feature that bacterial possess. Based in what I have read, they are typically found in gram neg bacteria and protect against desiccation and phagocytosis. Is it present all of the time on the bacterial surface or only in times of profound stress? Now when one does a gram stain, does the capsule absorb the gram stain since it is the outer layer of the cell wall or does it seep through it? If so why-- does it have to do with the molecule composition of the capsule structure? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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