The bacterial race

Biology Level 3

On some antibacterial agent it is claimed: “In less than 24 hours, an 8-million bacterial colony can be formed from a single bacterium.”.

Supposing that's true, what is the maximum duplication time (in seconds) of any of the bacteria considered?


  • There is a one-hour lag phase (no bacterial duplication) and then it is strict exponential growth.

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