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The Battle with Tuberculosis Rages On

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), tuberculosis (TB) is the greatest infectious killer worldwide after HIV/AIDS. Most cases of the disease can be treated by isoniazid and rifampicin, two powerful anti-TB drugs. Unfortunately, a drug resistant strain has emerged…
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Meet Our Writers: Kali Sorum

For nearly a year we have shared blog posts written by the Microbiologics team. We want our readers to get to know a little more about the microbiologists behind the posts. If you have called our Technical Support number about a…
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The Bugs of the XXXI Olympiad

After months of anticipation and media coverage about Zika virus and water quality issues in Brazil, the Games of the XXXI Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro are underway. Watching rugby players collide and rowers racing across Guanabara Bay made us…
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Green Fluorescent Protein: Shining New Light on Food QC

  Images of plankton illuminating shorelines and the brilliant, glowing colors of deep-sea marine life fascinate and amaze us. Bioluminescent organisms are not only beautiful; they are a source for important life science reagents. Scientists have used genes from glowing species, such…
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Environmental Isolate Case Files: Serratia marcescens

In 1950, a United States Navy ship spent six days spraying Serratia marcescens into the air two miles off the coast of San Francisco. The spraying was part of a biological weapon test called Operation Sea Spray. Prior to the…
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Microorganisms of Yellowstone National Park

Every year millions of visitors experience the unique beauty (and smell) of the more than 10,000 hot springs, mudpots, fumaroles (steam vents), travertine terraces and geysers at Yellowstone National Park. These hydrothermal features are home to hardy thermophilic bacteria which thrive…
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Environmental Isolate Case Files: Listeria monocytogenes

Ubiquitous in nature, Listeria monocytogenes can be found in many contamination sources making it difficult to eliminate from food processing facilities. Characteristics, such as the ability to grow at refrigerator temperatures, form biofilms, thrive in moist conditions, and remain viable in high…
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Methods for Growth Success: Microaerophiles

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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Spring Time Trivia!

Spring is in full swing. We’re celebrating the warm weather by sharing another fun trivia game with our readers. Take the quiz to test your microbiology knowledge, and challenge your co-workers and friends. Good luck!

Surprising and Interesting Facts about Water

Water is our most precious resource, supporting all life on Earth. In celebration of National Water Safety Month, we have compiled a list of surprising and interesting facts about the miraculous chemical compound known as H20. For example, did you know one acre…
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