Worm Breeder's Gazette 9(3): 10
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In the past, we have used the standard method for decontaminating stocks, which involves washing worms off a plate, spinning them in a centrifuge, etc The following procedure is much quicker and requires fewer worms. Also, it can be used to directly decontaminate the progeny of a mating and thus accelerate strain constructions. Using a platinum wire with a glob of bacteria on the bottom, pick up several gravid adults and/or eggs from the contaminated plate and transfer them to a seeded plate. Then put a drop of the usual sodium hypochlorite solution (2-4% NaOCl, .4M NaOH) onto the eggs. About half of the eggs will hatch. Occasionally, a very tough bacterial contaminant will survive to form a few colonies, so it is wise to transfer the survivors on the following day.