Microbiology

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 Microbes Might Attend Your Holiday Party?

This holiday season, you will unwittingly indulge upon a wide variety of microorganisms.  Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa, microbes are certain to be present at your dinner table. Be sure to avoid the harmful microorganisms and celebrate with…
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10 Best Practices for Proficiency Testing

Proficiency testing, also known as interlaboratory comparison, is a necessary requirement for almost every regulated facility around the world. Proficiency programs can either be purchased through a certified proficiency provider, or a lab may choose to conduct its own internal…
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DIY Holiday Gifts for Microbiologists

The holidays are a time to show your loved ones how much you care by giving a thoughtful gift.  You can reduce stress and add a personal touch by making some of these wonderful crafts for the microbiologists on your…
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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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Test Your Knowledge about Antibiotic Resistance

This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are raising awareness about the global threat posed by antibiotic resistance. You can follow the conversation by using #GetSmartWeek and #AntibioticResistance on Facebook and Twitter. Test…
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It’s Our Birthday!

The Microbiologics Blog is one year old this month. Time flies when you’re having fun writing about microbes! It seems like just yesterday we were shared our 50 Awesome Holiday Gift Ideas for Microbiologists or asked why you love working in a lab….
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Top 10 Reasons Labs Love Using Microbiologics QC Microorganisms

Are you a worrier? Do you imagine your validation failing, your QC strains mutating, or an auditor frowning when he or she examines your QC records? You probably have good reason to worry if you are using a patient sample,…
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Halloween Just Got a Whole Lot Creepier – #CreepyCultures

We  asked for your creepiest Halloween themed agar art, and you delivered! Your spooktacular creations had our pili standing on end! Congratulations to the winners and honorable mentions, and thank you to everyone who participated! To view all the plates submitted, use the…
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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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