Clinical Micro

Microbes in Your Mouth

Like the rest of your body, the mouth contains numerous microorganisms.  Some help to keep our mouths healthy, others not so much.  Have you ever wondered what is really in there? Researchers have compiled a list of microorganisms that normally…
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Do You Know Influenza?

It’s the time of year when sniffles and coughs can be heard throughout the office and laboratory.  Did you remember to get your flu shot during all the holiday chaos? Influenza season is in full swing!  Keep your hand sanitizer…
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A Microbiologist’s Journey Through the Gym

Gyms are gross. Aside from the sweaty bodies and abundant aromas gliding about the room, unique bacterial flora is deposited from gym goers on every surface. Microbiologists have proven time and again that public places are cesspools of bacterial diversity….
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How to Implement MALDI Technology in Your Lab

For over 100 years, bacteria have been identified by their biochemical properties through the use of various test methods. With the addition of MALDI-TOF Mass Spectrophotometry (MS) technology, things are changing. In this post, we offer a brief overview of MALDI-TOF…
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What Labs Should Know about STECs

STEC may not be a household term, but it is of great significance to food and clinical laboratories. In this post, we will describe what laboratories can do to help protect the public from this harmful and increasingly important group…
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The Who’s Who of E. coli Strains

Escherichia coli may be the world’s most recognized bacterial species, but this one species varies tremendously. E. coli is found almost everywhere; from soil to raw meat to human intestines. There are plenty of good E. coli strains such as…
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Get the Facts on Antibiotic Resistance: 18 Helpful Resources

For years, health organizations including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have warned that antibiotic resistance is a major global threat. The Review on Antimicrobial Resistance  estimates that at least 700,000 people…
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The Battle with Tuberculosis Rages On

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), tuberculosis (TB) is the greatest infectious killer worldwide after HIV/AIDS. Most cases of the disease can be treated by isoniazid and rifampicin, two powerful anti-TB drugs. Unfortunately, a drug resistant strain has emerged…
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The Bugs of the XXXI Olympiad

After months of anticipation and media coverage about Zika virus and water quality issues in Brazil, the Games of the XXXI Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro are underway. Watching rugby players collide and rowers racing across Guanabara Bay made us…
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Environmental Isolate Case Files: Serratia marcescens

In 1950, a United States Navy ship spent six days spraying Serratia marcescens into the air two miles off the coast of San Francisco. The spraying was part of a biological weapon test called Operation Sea Spray. Prior to the…
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