(Received 27 July 1987; accepted 21 March 1988)
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The effect of temperature on microbial fermentation in blood was studied. Specimens of human blood from a blood bank were inoculated with Candida albicans, an organism capable of causing fermentation. A preservative was added to a portion of the inoculated specimens. These inoculated specimens, as well as uninoculated blood, were stored under various temperature conditions. Production of ethyl alcohol was monitored over a period of six months. Fermentation was found to be highly temperature dependent, with refrigeration proving to be most effective at inhibiting ethanol formation.
Toxicologist, PharmChem Laboratories, Menlo Park, CA
Elliot Kollman, S
Criminalist, Forensic Laboratory, San Mateo County Sheriff's Department, San Mateo, CA
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