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Throat Culture

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Incubating

Placing the culture in an incubator

The labeled agar plate is placed in an incubator, which is a chamber that maintains a constant temperature similar to your body temperature and a specific percentage of carbon dioxide that is optimal for the growth of the bacteria. The culture of the throat sample usually remains in the incubator for 18 to 24 hours to allow sufficient time for any bacteria that may be present to grow.

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