Clinical Micro

Diet, Exercise and the Health of Your Microbial Community

The human body is an amazing collection of cells and systems that work together to keep us alive and functioning. Within this collection of cells, there are billions of tiny organisms living inside the body that are critical to human…
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A Closer Look at C. difficile from the MN Department of Health

What is Clostridium difficile? Clostridium difficile is a Gram-positive spore-forming anaerobe that can be found in the stomach and intestines of healthy people. The bacterium was first described in 1935 by Hall and O’Toole who named “difficile” because they were…
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Books for Microbiologists and Anyone Who Loves Science

“It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.”  – Oscar Wilde Microbiologists have an insatiable thirst for knowledge. Keep learning after you leave the lab by reading…
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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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