Microbiology

Dear Stanley: Differences Between Synthetic and Inactivated Molecular Standards

Dear Stanley, What are the differences between inactivated and synthetic molecular standards?  I see that Microbiologics offers both types of standards, and I’d like some help determining which is best for my lab. MaryLou from Atlanta, GA Dear MaryLou, This is…
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7 Rules to Follow When Writing about Microorganisms

Recalling and pronouncing peculiar microorganism names is a skill every microbiologist has mastered. However, the intricate rules for writing about microorganisms may leave even experienced microbiologists second-guessing how to annotate or spell a strain name. Our quiz below will challenge…
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On the Plate: Salmonella

After Escherichia coli, Salmonella might be one of the world’s most recognized bacterial species. Outbreaks of Salmonella have occurred in several food products including the well-known peanut butter outbreak in 2009 in which 714 people in 46 states became ill…
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5 Reasons to Avoid Maintaining Stock Cultures in Your Lab

Are you certain the reference stock cultures you use for quality control are identical to the reference cultures you originally purchased? A study performed by Cross, Russel and Desai examined working cultures from eight accredited microbial testing laboratories. Using fluorescent…
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The History of Influenza

Influenza has a long and sordid record of menacing humans.  Throughout the progression of science and the understanding of medicine, multiple instances of the flu have impacted various regions around the world. Some outbreaks have been more deadly and widespread…
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Our Top Posts from 2017

To say our writers were busy in 2017 is an understatement. We shared best practices for growth promotion testing on selective media, asked for your opinion on B. cepacia testing, and reminded you why microbiologists are the coolest people in…
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Dear Stanley: Tips for Performing QC on ETEST® Strips

Dear Stanley, We recently purchased your KWIK-STIK™ product to perform quality control on new lots of ETEST® strips. Do you have any tips for setting up and reading an ETEST®? Mike from Philadelphia, PA Dear Mike, KWIK-STIK is the perfect…
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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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