Microbiology

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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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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‘Tis the Season for Canning and Preserving Foods – Don’t Let Botulinum Spoil It

During this time of year, many people are literally seeing the fruits, and vegetables, of their labor. There are fresh tomatoes, peppers, carrots, beans, cucumbers, and potatoes galore from the garden. Home canning is a great way to preserve all…
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Water Quality Quiz: How Well Do You Know Waterborne Pathogens?

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has designated August as National Water Quality Month.1 Thankfully, tap water in the United States is safe to drink because water utilities are required to meet the standards set by the EPA. Many people in developing…
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How Microbes Contribute to the Smells of the Outdoors

Have you ever stepped outside after a bout of summer rain just to bask in that familiar, refreshing rainfall scent that fills the air? Some may be surprised to learn the notorious “fresh rain” aroma, and other distinctive outdoors smells,…
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The Scoop on Ready-to-Eat Foods and Listeria monocytogenes

When summer is in full swing, many of us choose to cool down with sweet frozen dairy treats. However, the thought of ice cream tainted with Listeria monocytogenes may cause anyone, especially those in susceptible populations, to think twice. Listeria…
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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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Cosmetics Quiz: What’s Lurking in Your Makeup Bag?

Your favorite eye shadow has been discontinued by the manufacturer. You’ve managed to extend the life of your palette for three years, but at what cost? Have you thought about the wide array of microbial growth that could be hiding in…
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