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The Great Debate Over B. cepacia Testing: Your Opinions and FDA Recommendations

Last month we outlined the debate for and against requiring B. cepacia testing for all nonsterile pharmaceutical, personal care products and water systems (The Great Debate Over B. cepacia Testing). At the end of the post, we asked our readers…
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Microbes That Help and Harm Your Garden

Plants and microbes have a love-hate relationship (I have a similar feeling when a long Minnesota winter causes me to delay planting my garden). There are many types of microorganisms that emerge in the spring and summer when we begin…
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Tiny Pests – Big Problems

Mosquitoes, ticks, Cryptosporidium and Giardia. What do these blood-feeding and internal parasites have in common? All four are found in our home state, Minnesota, and cause diseases that increase with the arrival of warm weather. The Minnesota Department of Health…
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The Great Debate Over B. cepacia Testing

To test, or not to test – that is the question. A frequent reason for recalls of nonsterile products is contamination with Burkholderia cepacia, a microorganism capable of causing serious illness in patients with impaired immune systems or chronic lung…
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The Teacher Who Inspired My Career in Science

Our professional careers are the result of careful planning, hard work and some luck. We all recognize influential people in our past that have contributed positively to our career choice and successes. I have been fortunate to have multiple career…
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Environmental Isolate Case File: Pluralibacter gergoviae

Pluralibacter gergoviae can cause big headaches in cosmetic industry laboratories. It is an opportunistic pathogen that has repeatedly been isolated from personal care products. Recently, 15,000 tubes of a popular skin cream product were recalled due to contamination with the…
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10 Reasons Why Microbiologists Are the Coolest Members of the Species

We hope this list will make you feel proud to be a microbiologist during Medical Laboratory Professional Week! They appreciate cultural diversity. They don’t sweat the small stuff. Knowing about the plethora of microorganisms floating through the air or living…
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Your Spring Cleaning Hit List

Is spring cleaning on your agenda this April? You might be asking, “Who has time for that?” or “Is that even a thing anymore?” Even if you do not perform the traditional spring cleaning ritual, you may want to consider…
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Diet, Exercise and the Health of Your Microbial Community

The human body is an amazing collection of cells and systems that work together to keep us alive and functioning. Within this collection of cells, there are billions of tiny organisms living inside the body that are critical to human…
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