Microbiology

Methods for Growth Success: Carbon Dioxide Dependent Microorganisms

When growing microorganisms, several conditions including incubation time, temperature, pH, adequate moisture and sufficient nutrients (such as carbon and nitrogen) must be considered to ensure successful results. Even experienced microbiologists can run into growth issues with finicky microorganisms. With this in mind, we have…
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Objectionable Microorganisms: Keeping Bad Bugs Out of Good Products

No pharmaceutical company wants to sell a non-sterile drug contaminated with objectionable microorganisms, but how does a company know which organisms are objectionable and how do they ensure their drugs do not contain them? An objectionable organism is one which…
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Environmental Isolate Case Files: Burkholderia cepacia complex

During 2012, an outbreak of Burkholderia cepacia complex spread throughout the intensive care unit of a German hospital. The illness was traced to contaminated alcohol-free mouthwash. Though this event does not mark the first time B. cepacia complex was recovered from…
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Methods for Growth Success: Obligate Anaerobes

When growing microorganisms, several conditions must be considered to ensure successful results including correct temperatures and pH, adequate moisture and sufficient nutrients (such as carbon and nitrogen). Even experienced microbiologists can run into growth issues with finicky microorganisms. With this in mind, we have…
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Poultry Plants: Reducing Consumer Risk of Salmonella and Campylobacter

Last December, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) released a draft of the Compliance Guideline for Controlling Salmonella and Campylobacter in Raw Poultry Fourth Edition to help control food safety hazards in poultry production (FSIS will accept comments on…
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Love and Science Trivia Game

Bacillus is a rod, C. diff is too, we love microbiology and so do you. This Sunday is Valentine’s Day and people all over the world will be showering their loved ones with flowers, chocolates and teddy bears. We’re showing love for…
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The Facts about Zika Virus: Past and Present

The news about Zika virus and the panic it is causing in Central and South America has been taking center stage for weeks. We have been following this story closely and with great interest. With so much information circulating through…
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Environmental Isolate Case Files: Staphylococcus epidermidis

Staphylococcus epidermidis colonizes moist body surfaces such as the axillae, nares and toe webs. Normally a harmless species, S. epidermidis can cause clinical disease under the right circumstances. Predisposing factors include immunosuppression and the presence of a medical device such as…
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Crossword Puzzle for Microbe Mavens

    You love working in the lab, but even the most diligent microbiologist needs a break from time to time. So take off your lab coat, grab a pencil and a cup of coffee, and dig into our microbiology…
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Methods for Growth Success: Yeasts and Molds

When growing microorganisms, several conditions must be considered to ensure successful results including correct temperatures and pH, adequate moisture and sufficient nutrients (carbon and nitrogen). Even experienced microbiologists can run into growth issues with finicky microorganisms. With this in mind, we have created a…
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