Microbiology: Principles and Explorations 9th Edition

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ISBN 10: 1-11874-316-4
ISBN 13: 978-1-11874-316-4

Chapter 12 - Sterilization and Disinfection - Self Quiz - Page 369: 9


(d) All of these

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Gamma rays and X-rays are effective in killing microorganisms because they dislodge electrons from atoms and thus create ions, damage DNA, and produce powerful oxidizing agents (peroxides). Gamma rays and X-rays are forms of ionizing radiation. This is used to sterilize plastic laboratory and medical equipment as well as pharmaceutical products.
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