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J Clin Pathol. 1977 Mar; 30(3): 275–277.
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API ZYM: a simple rapid system for the detection of bacterial enzymes.


The API ZYM system of detection of enzymes has been applied to 81 bacteria belonging to several species. It was found to be easy to use and has produced results that may be useful in the identification of a variety of bacteria.

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