Author Archive: microbiologics

15 Science Gifts Your Kids Will Love

Learning about science shouldn’t be confined to the classroom. Bring the lab home this holiday season with these fun and fascinating gifts for kids. 1. Microscopes and Slides Introduce your child to the wonderful world of microbiology with a microscope…
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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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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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Podcasts for Microbiologists and Curious Non-Scientists

Microbiologists love to learn. That’s one of the reasons we were inspired to name microbiologists the coolest members of the species this spring. If you’re looking for an easy way to learn something new during your downtime or on your drive…
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6 Ways Microorganisms Are Improving Our World

Researchers are continuously discovering the incredible abilities of microorganisms. Below are just six examples of how microorganisms can improve our lives and even cleanup man-made messes. 1. Oil-spill cleanup crew BP’s 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico was…
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Tiny Pests – Big Problems

Mosquitoes, ticks, Cryptosporidium and Giardia. What do these blood-feeding and internal parasites have in common? All four are found in our home state, Minnesota, and cause diseases that increase with the arrival of warm weather. The Minnesota Department of Health…
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10 Reasons Why Microbiologists Are the Coolest Members of the Species

We hope this list will make you feel proud to be a microbiologist during Medical Laboratory Professional Week! They appreciate cultural diversity. They don’t sweat the small stuff. Knowing about the plethora of microorganisms floating through the air or living…
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It’s the Final Countdown – Microbe March Madness Winner Announced!

This week, E. coli and E. faecalis faced off in the final round of Microbe March Madness. These fierce competitors battled six other strains through two rounds of tests to be faced with their toughest challenge yet: exposure to the…
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A Closer Look at C. difficile from the MN Department of Health

What is Clostridium difficile? Clostridium difficile is a Gram-positive spore-forming anaerobe that can be found in the stomach and intestines of healthy people. The bacterium was first described in 1935 by Hall and O’Toole who named “difficile” because they were…
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Introducing Microbe March Madness

The NCAA March Madness tournament has captivated basketball fans in the United States since the 1930s. Each year millions of fans have the opportunity to take part in this historical sporting event by filling out a bracket and choosing who…
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