Smelly Day After an Unexpected Terrorism

Today was a smelly day for me and all my colleagues ;p

As if some of you haven't know
I am working as a R&D Executive under fermentation category.
I have start a fermentation culture since last week and it deteriorated when I come back yesterday.
So decided to sterilize (kill the microbes) it before wash the fermenter.

I used the autoclave machine to sterilize the fermenter and guess what??
Due to the culture was deteriorated, it has already smelly.
After sterilization, I was almost suffocated by the odor emitted out from the machine
when I opened the cabinet.

I quickly closed the door and opened the windows nearby to get those smell out of there...
But I failed and the smell spread to the office area which is far away from the lab.

Some of my colleague searching for the source and thought it was coming out from the air conditioner. And they finally found out it was the smell of my over-cooked culture and my fault for not using the deodorizer specially used with autoclave machine.

I was too concentrated and tried my best to wash the fermenter as soon as possible and didn't noticed that the door connecting the office and the lab was not closed after one of my colleagues come in for a look and go out of course.
Then, another colleague came here and asked me to close the door as it is really really smelly and they can't tolerate.

So unfortunately I became the person who somehow intended to let the bad smell travel to office area...
I am really sorry that I let my colleagues "attacked" by the irritating smell...

This time, I need one hour to clean the fermenter while tolerate with the bad smell...
It will happen again when the fermentation was contaminated by those bad microbes.
So, please forgive me for not using the deodorizer and entangled my colleague with the bad smell terrorism.
I will use the deodorizer next time :)


Since I always need to deal with these incidents
I found out that I have became a sharp-nosed person whenever I smelled something good or bad.
After few years I might even get hyposmia or more severe, anosmia.

This is why scientist have shorter life span... Right?


  1. Haha, ur gene will evolve to tolerate it. Cheers! =)

  2. nvm, a sharp-nose person can become a perfume expert or an expert that can write down what are the chemicals inside by just smell the things. And you will become rich since all will pay you and no need to go for MS, HPLC,etc. lol

  3. i've done this fermentation experiment before, and i realized that the machine is exactly the same with that we used. I actually hate this experiment because it took me 10 hours to finished the experiment, acquiring sample, injecting, centrifuging, repeated over and over again just to observe the trends of cells, substrates and extracellular products. While centrifuging, i was thinking how good it is if the centrifugal machine was modified to become a washing machine in my room, as the rpm is damn high!! hahaha, talking bout the odour, i can still tolerate the smell cause we were using yeast...but when my senior passed me the tube containing e-coli, i was almost fainted...LOL
    by the way, it's fun~

  4. [Marccus]
    I hope I will evolve to one of the heros in X-Men ;p

    Don't worry!!
    We will grow longer if we are not too often dealing with those toxic/carcinogenic chemical~

    [wen ni]
    You had reminded me a movie called "PERFUME".
    It is nice to watch and yes the main cast was a sharp-nose person and managed to create a godly perfume which will drool you off.

    MS, HPLC I don't need you anymore~!! Haha~

    Haha, we bought the machine from Taiwan ;p

    I haven't start doing the detailed research like what you said. But yeah, it is troublesome.

    I think my culture was contaminated by E. coli as it smell like shit and dead body...

    And I figure out the fastest way to immune with the bad smell.
    All you need to do is just take a deeeeep breath!! :)


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