Does Manuka Honey Reduce The Turbidity Of Gram Negative Escherichia Coli

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1.1 Research Question:
Does Manuka Honey reduce the turbidity of gram negative Escherichia Coli when mixed into a solution and will it have a larger antimicrobial effect than clear honey? 1.2 Genesis
According to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) a minimum of 2 million people become infected with antibiotic resistant bacteria and an estimated minimum of 23, 000 people die each year as a direct result of those infections . As an increasing number of infectious diseases are becoming resistant to numerous allopathic medicines , for example meticillin-resistant staphylococcus aureusis or MRSA, more research is being conducted into alternative treatments derived from naturally occurring substances. Having heard about the effects of a hospital enquired resistant infections from my mother, a nurse, I realised that finding naturally occurring compounds that do not cause resistance should be encouraged.
As honey was used by the ancient Egyptians , Greeks and Romans to treat wounds and gastroenteritis , and it is still actively used in folk-medicine to treat many maladies , there has been a surge recent research into the medicinal use of various honeys and their antimicrobial properties. The most researched of these honeys being manuka honey.

1.3 Preliminary Testing
During May 2014, I performed some preliminary testing prior to the main testing in my school’s laboratory. The experiment was to determine which of manuka honey, clear honey and a mix of both had the…
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