Microbiology

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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Maintaining Stock Cultures In-House: Are You Really Saving in the End?

Economical solutions have become a growing interest to many people both personally and professionally. Individuals are looking to save money, both at home and at the office. Industries and companies worldwide are seeking innovative and convenient methods for cutting costs,…
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Environmental Isolate Case Files: Acinetobacter baumannii

Acinetobacter baumannii is one of the top causes of hospital-acquired infections. Most at risk for illness are the elderly and the chronically ill. Like an unwelcome guest, A. baumannii is difficult to remove once it moves into a health care…
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Microorganisms Spreading Holiday Cheer

This holiday season, as you open a bottle of your favorite wine to share with family and friends, consider making a toast to Saccharomyces cerevisiae (also known as “brewer’s yeast”) which is a species of yeast that is commonly used for making…
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Methods for Growth Success: Aerobic Microorganisms

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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