Microbiology

Microorganisms and Man’s Best Friend

It’s the American Veterinary Medical Association National Pet Week®! As pet lovers and microbiologists, this got us thinking about the different types of diseases that can make our furry friends sick. For this blog post, we have compiled a list…
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Why Do You Love Working in a Lab – Your Responses

Happy Medical Laboratory Professional Week! Last week we asked why you love working in a laboratory. We’ve been blown away by all the inspiring and funny stories and photos we received. Microbiologists sure are a creative bunch! Scroll through the slideshow…
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Why Do You Love Working in a Lab?

Medical Laboratory Professionals Week is April 24-30, 2016. We’re joining in the festivities by finding out what you love about working in a lab. Share a lab or microbiology related photo, video or story that describes why you love your…
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Environmental Isolate Case Files: Bacillus cereus

If you have isolated Bacillus cereus in your pharmaceutical manufacturing environment, you are not alone! Bacillus is one of the most common microorganisms cited in U.S. Food and Drug Administration warning letters associated with contamination in pharmaceutical manufacturing. The top…
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How to Choose QC Strains for Microbial ID Systems

Quality control testing for microbial identification systems is an important step all laboratories should take to ensure accurate results. However, it can be difficult to decide which strains to use for QC. In this post, we will provide tips and resources…
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Neisseria gonorrhoeae: Combating a Multidrug-Resistant Organism

The global spread of antibiotic resistant sexually transmitted diseases (STD) has been receiving increased attention over the past several years from health institutes including the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These organizations…
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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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