Microbiology

Take a Break with Our Sci-Fi Movie Trivia

It probably come as no surprise that we think sci-fi is the best movie genre, especially when rogue viruses or genetic mutation are involved. We created our latest quiz with our fellow sci-fi connoisseurs in mind. Give it a go…
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9 Tips for Students Pursuing a Career in Microbiology

As a microbiology student, you have a passion for understanding the microscopic organisms that live on, in, and all around us. Even though you love your field of study, leaving school and starting your career can be intimidating. So, what…
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How Certified Reference Materials Help Labs Meet Regulatory Requirements

As regulatory standards continue to increase, additional responsibility is being placed on laboratories to ensure the quality and safety of finished products. Now more than ever, traceability is a major concern. Laboratories are required to provide evidence that the reference…
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What Auditors are Looking for in Food Microbiology Labs

Audits are a fact of life for ISO 17025 food laboratories. Being prepared for an audit is important, but you may not know exactly what auditors are looking for when they review your microbial QC practices. We’ve compiled a list…
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Dear Stanley: Tips for Maintaining Fastidious Microorganisms

Dear Stanley, I’m having a tough time keeping my stock culture of Campylobacter viable. Do you have any tips for maintaining a stock culture of fastidious microorganisms like Campylobacter? Sincerely, Jordan from Mankato, MN Dear Jordan, Maintaining fastidious microorganisms, such…
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8 Best Practices for Growth Promotion Testing

The growth promotion test (GPT) can be a hassle, but it’s necessary for determining if a new batch of media is acceptable. Follow our best practices below to make your testing process as smooth as possible when using Microbiologics products…
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Dear Stanley: What is Mean Assay Value?

Dear Stanley, I use EZ-Accu Shot™ for growth promotion testing (GPT), and sometimes I don’t get counts within 50-200% of the count printed on the label. Is there something wrong with my media or the control?  Sincerely, Beverly Fresno, CA…
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How to Maintain Monthly Working Stock Cultures with Microbiologics QC Strains

Proper maintenance of quality control strains is essential for ensuring acceptable performance.  Most strains produced by Microbiologics can be used for up to a month after reconstitution when correctly maintained. Follow these best practices and our maintenance plan below to…
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Clinical Case File: Vaginitis

In a world where antibiotic resistant organisms are on the rise, including multi-drug resistant strains of N. gonorrhoeae, it’s more important than ever for clinicians and healthcare providers to provide proper and timely treatment for infections. Complex interactions exist between…
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Dear Stanley: Differences Between Atmospheres for Microorganism Growth

Dear Stanley, I want to make sure I’m using the right atmosphere to get good growth of my microorganisms. Can you explain the differences between aerobic, anaerobic, microaerophilic, and capnophilic atmospheres for microorganism growth? Beth from Salt Lake City, UT Dear…
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