The growth of Neisseria gonorrhoeae on brain heart infusion blood agar in which the base was sterilized by filtration has been compared with growth on the same medium sterilized by heat. Colonies were larger on the unheated medium, and autoclaving at 115 degrees C of 121 degrees C for 15 minutes was accompanied by a progressive decrease in colony size. Viable counts on the three media showed no difference in end points. Colonies on the unheated medium were usually large enough to be easily recognizable after overnight incubation.
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