by Ramy Karam Aziz
We received this email from our friend in Cairo and enjoyed the exam question so much that we thought why not share it with our readers. Indeed, why not? Here you are...
If you were a bacterium and you have the choice of only one:
a ) pilus, b ) capsule, c ) flagellum.
Which you would choose, and why?
However, the funniest of all was by 2 students who said:
I'd of course choose a pilus. This way I can have conjugation and also obtain genes to make a capsule and a flagellum.
Ramy Karam Aziz is professor and chair of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Faculty of Pharmacy, Cairo University, Egypt.