The Effects of Omega 3 Fish Oil and Cephalexin on the Growth of Staphylococcus Epidermis

The Staphylococcus Epidermis (Staph) bacteria is found during everyday life, it is usually found in a dormant stage. Many skin diseases are transferred during the sport of wrestling, due to this Staph infections could be commonly transferred between wrestlers. The treatment of Staphylococcus directly effects wrestlers who contract a Staph infection. The results of this experiment can be used to help wrestlers find a new way to treat or prevent the contraction of a Staph infection. The purpose of the experiment was to determine if omega 3 fish oil or Cephalexin had a significant effect on the growth of Staphylococcus. Non-pathogenic Staphylococcus epidermis was grown on agar plates that were treated before hand with one of the two treatments. Control or standard plates were grown the standard plates contained no treatment. The Staphylococcus was diluted with sterile water before it was poured onto the agar plates this was to control the amount of colonies that were possible. Also it was to ensure that an equal amount of Staph was distributed to each agar plate. Once the Staph was on the plate it was incubated for 48 hours. The experiment proved that there is a significant difference between the growth of Staphylococcus treated with Cephalexin and the growth of Staphyloccous treated with fish oil.

Research Done By:

Rabecca Chartier
Fitzgerald High School

Patty Szczepanski
Sterling Heights High School