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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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It’s the Final Countdown – Microbe March Madness Winner Announced!

This week, E. coli and E. faecalis faced off in the final round of Microbe March Madness. These fierce competitors battled six other strains through two rounds of tests to be faced with their toughest challenge yet: exposure to the…
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Unsung Women Who Changed Science

“Science and everyday life cannot and should not be separated.” Rosalind Franklin Women have made great scientific discoveries throughout history.  Unfortunately, due to cultural mindsets during their time, many were not recognized for their work. In celebration of Women’s History…
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The Basics of Bacteria and Beer QC

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to share some beers with the founder of an up-and-coming brewery based out of Minneapolis, Minnesota. The past few years have been a time of tremendous growth in the craft brewing industry….
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