Clinical Micro

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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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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Microorganisms You’ll Meet on Your Next Camping Trip

Given the opportunity, I would venture to say most people enjoy spending time outside. This is certainly the case for many microbiologists. Our home state of Minnesota is nicknamed “The Land of 10,000 Lakes.” We’re lucky to have many beautiful…
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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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