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Get the Facts on Antibiotic Resistance: 18 Helpful Resources

For years, health organizations including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have warned that antibiotic resistance is a major global threat. The Review on Antimicrobial Resistance  estimates that at least 700,000 people…
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Norovirus: The Notorious Virus

The average soccer ball is about 1.6 million times bigger than a grain of sand. A grain of sand is about a million times bigger than a single bacterial cell, and a single bacterial cell can be 40 to 100…
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14 Career Paths for Microbiologists

Every microbiologist has a unique set of skills. Fortunately the career opportunities in the microbiology field are as diverse and the people who work in the industry. Depending on your experience and education, positions in a laboratory can range from…
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The Battle with Tuberculosis Rages On

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), tuberculosis (TB) is the greatest infectious killer worldwide after HIV/AIDS. Most cases of the disease can be treated by isoniazid and rifampicin, two powerful anti-TB drugs. Unfortunately, a drug resistant strain has emerged…
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Meet Our Writers: Kali Sorum

For nearly a year we have shared blog posts written by the Microbiologics team. We want our readers to get to know a little more about the microbiologists behind the posts. If you have called our Technical Support number about a…
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The Bugs of the XXXI Olympiad

After months of anticipation and media coverage about Zika virus and water quality issues in Brazil, the Games of the XXXI Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro are underway. Watching rugby players collide and rowers racing across Guanabara Bay made us…
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Green Fluorescent Protein: Shining New Light on Food QC

  Images of plankton illuminating shorelines and the brilliant, glowing colors of deep-sea marine life fascinate and amaze us. Bioluminescent organisms are not only beautiful; they are a source for important life science reagents. Scientists have used genes from glowing species, such…
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Preservative Testing – Choice of Challenge Isolates

“What you see is that the most outstanding feature of life’s history is a constant domination by bacteria.” ~ Stephen Jay Gould. An effective preservative capability is a central element of drug, cosmetic and household and institutional product microbiological risk assessment…
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Environmental Isolate Case Files: Serratia marcescens

In 1950, a United States Navy ship spent six days spraying Serratia marcescens into the air two miles off the coast of San Francisco. The spraying was part of a biological weapon test called Operation Sea Spray. Prior to the…
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