Microbiology

9 Tips for Growth Promotion Testing on Selective Media

The U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP) created quite the challenge when it designed the growth promotion test (GPT) for selective media. Laboratories not only need to test new batches of media with less than 100 colony-forming units (CFU), the colonies must also…
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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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Dear Stanley: Advice on Performing Dilutions

Dear Stanley, I recently purchased Epower™ from Microbiologics and need to dilute it to lower concentrations for my tests. Do you have any advice on how to perform dilutions? Sincerely, Pam from Cleveland, Ohio Dear Pam, Thank you for purchasing…
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Environmental Isolate Case File: Cronobacter sakazakii

Cronobacter sakazakii, formerly Enterobacter sakazakii, is a gram-negative bacterium that belongs to the Enterbacteriaceae family. It is found in the environment, commonly on plant and organic materials, and can survive very dry conditions. The bacterium has been isolated from dry…
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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 have on our…
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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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