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[Perspectives] Robert Koch’s culture tubes

All the early medical microbiologists left relics of their breakthrough science. Given the importance of Louis Pasteur, Robert Koch, and Alexander Fleming it’s not surprising that their veneration includes the conservation of laboratory artifacts. These are often simple pieces of glassware—slides, pipettes, flasks, petri dishes, test and culture tubes. Historic glassware containing the original preparation (the once living matter) is rarer, and plaster models of microbes occasionally suffice in museum displays.