Microbiology

Your Spring Cleaning Hit List

Is spring cleaning on your agenda this April? You might be asking, “Who has time for that?” or “Is that even a thing anymore?” Even if you do not perform the traditional spring cleaning ritual, you may want to consider…
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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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It’s the Final Countdown – Microbe March Madness Winner Announced!

This week, E. coli and E. faecalis faced off in the final round of Microbe March Madness. These fierce competitors battled six other strains through two rounds of tests to be faced with their toughest challenge yet: exposure to the…
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Unsung Women Who Changed Science

“Science and everyday life cannot and should not be separated.” Rosalind Franklin Women have made great scientific discoveries throughout history.  Unfortunately, due to cultural mindsets during their time, many were not recognized for their work. In celebration of Women’s History…
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The Basics of Bacteria and Beer QC

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to share some beers with the founder of an up-and-coming brewery based out of Minneapolis, Minnesota. The past few years have been a time of tremendous growth in the craft brewing industry….
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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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Introducing Microbe March Madness

The NCAA March Madness tournament has captivated basketball fans in the United States since the 1930s. Each year millions of fans have the opportunity to take part in this historical sporting event by filling out a bracket and choosing who…
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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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Environmental Isolate Case Files: Legionella pneumophila

There are about 20 outbreaks of Legionnaires’ disease each year in the United States.  Most outbreaks occur in buildings with large water systems such as hotels and hospitals. The outbreaks are caused by Legionella pneumophila, a harmless microorganism in a…
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A Valentine’s Day Ode to Ella (the Infamous Salmonella)

There once was a little bacilli named Ella, who was of the genus (the infamous!) Salmonella. She lived in the earth on a hot, humid farm, in the shade of a cocoa tree, where she inflicted no harm.   Ella…
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