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She identifes menacing germs
Dealing with disease-causing bacteria in human waste isn'’t anyone’s favorite job. But as a bacteria laboratory specialist at the Minnesota Department of Health, Fe Leano knows that studying fecal samples help protect public safety. During outbreaks of food- and waterborne disease, Fe identifies the bacteria causing the illness, and works with epidemiologists to track the microbes back to their source. She also confirms the presence of intestinal bacteria in samples from all over the state, and tests microbes for resistance to common antibiotics.

Fe received her education in her native Philippines and obtained specialized bacteriology training in Bangladesh, Thailand, Japan and Centers for Disease Control. Fe credits a college microbiology professor for introducing the wonders of bacteria, and she hopes to continue learning new laboratory procedures relevant to her work.
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