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10 Interesting Facts about Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis

The largest recent outbreak of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) in the United States is currently unfolding in the Minnesota Hmong community. Many Hmong elders were resettled in the Twin Cities years ago after living in a Thai refugee camp where TB…
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8 Microorganisms that Changed the World

Microorganisms triggered many events that drastically altered human history. The most notorious microbes caused mass death and destruction, but they also inspired modern medical advances often taken for granted. The significant impact these tiny, invisible-to-the-naked-eye creatures can on our world…
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In Your Eyes: Microbes that Cause Eye Ailments

It’s interesting how one simple thought can lead you on journey to learn more about the most fascinating subject known to mankind: microorganisms. I recently heard November is National Diabetic Eye Awareness Month which got me thinking about eyes and…
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Get Ready for Halloween with #CreepyCultures

What a great year for our #CreepyCultures contest! This year our readers created the most spooktacular agar art to date. Choosing only a few winners and honorable mentions was no easy feat! Winners: Honorable Mentions: Erin T. Fey S. Karina…
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The Basics of Cannabis QC

Every year cannabis for medical and recreational use becomes legal in more places throughout the United States. As of 2017, 29 states and the District of Columbia (DC) have passed laws to legalize growth and distribution of the plant. Cannabis…
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Raw Sushi – Does It Deserve the Bad Wrap?

If you were to ask random strangers on the street if they liked sushi, I can almost guarantee you’d hear one of two responses. Either: “I love it!” or “That’s disgusting, no way!”.  In all my years of trying to…
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#CreepyCultures is Back!

It’s that time of year again! The time when we ask you, our fellow microbiologists, to send us your creepiest, crawliest Halloween-themed agar art. The time when you get to put those supreme streaking skills and that artistic flair to work for a…
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Dear Stanley: A New Advice Column for Microbiologists

Is something small bugging you? Stanley Staphylococcus can help! We’re excited to introduce a new monthly advice column, Dear Stanley, where our favorite blog readers can get some guidance for their microbiology-related quandaries. You can submit any questions you have…
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Hurricane Aftermath: 8 Pathogens that Pose Health Risks

Over the past few weeks, the United States has endured back-to-back Category 4 Atlantic hurricanes. Hurricane Harvey hit first in Texas on August 25th, followed just 16 days later by Hurricane Irma making landfall in the Florida Keys on September…
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7 of the Germiest Things in School

It’s back to school for many U.S. students this week and parents everywhere are rejoicing and/or are reflecting on how quickly the time with their little ones (or not so little anymore) is flying by. As a microbiologist, you might…
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