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2018 Holiday Gift Guide for Microbiologists

From board games to bacteria leggings, our list of holiday gift ideas has something for every microbiologist on your list. Healing Blade Defenders of Soma: Infectious Disease Card Battle Two player card game that increases familiarity with antibiotic misuse. The…
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Clinical Case File: Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM)

What’s all the hype with Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM)? Recently, there has been a lot of local and national news coverage around a mysterious, polio-like condition affecting children across the United States called acute flaccid myelitis. As of Monday, November…
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Identification and Preservation Techniques of Environmental Isolates

Pharmaceutical microbiologists have the great responsibility of ensuring their products are free of harmful contaminants and safe for consumers. Earlier this month at the Pharmaceutical Microbiology Fall Forum in Philadelphia, Microbiologics Vice President of Research and Development Brian Beck Ph.D….
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Dear Stanley: Resources to Help You Fight Antibiotic Resistance

Dear Stanley, I see it’s World Antibiotics Awareness Week (WAAW), and I want to promote awareness at my lab. Does Microbiologics have any useful tools for labs that want to take action? Thanks, Cheryl, Portland, OR Dear Cheryl, You are…
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Environmental Isolate Case File: Moraxella osloensis

Moraxella osloensis isn’t a well-known bacterium outside the laboratory, but this opportunistic human pathogen has been found to cause life-threatening diseases such as endocarditis, osteomyelitis, central venous catheter infection and meningitis.1 M. osloensis is also known to be an environmental…
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2018 #CreepyCultures Winners

The votes are in! Our team had a tough time choosing only a few winners and honorable mentions out of all the unbelievably eerie agar art you submitted this year. Congratulations to the winners and honorable mentions, and thank you to…
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Dear Stanley: Assayed vs Unassayed Molecular Controls

Dear Stanley, I’m completely confused about the terms “assayed” and “unassayed” in relation to controls for molecular diagnostic instruments. Does “unassayed” mean the manufacturer of the control hasn’t tested the products? Can you shed some light on what these terms…
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Put Your Best Plate Forward – #CreepyCultures is Back!

Our favorite time of the year is finally here – #CreepyCulture is back! You created some exceptionally eerie agar art in the past, and we can’t wait to see what you conjure up this year! Unleash your creative side and…
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Preservative Testing – Choice of Challenge Isolates

“What you see is that the most outstanding feature of life’s history is a constant domination by bacteria.” – Stephen J. Gould. Preservation capacity is a central element of consumer product quality.  Though necessary to any microbiological risk assessment, adequate…
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Clinical Case File: Group A Streptococcus

Cold and flu season is right around the corner. These annual illnesses are often paired with another highly contagious infection, strep throat. Its culprit, Group A Streptococcus, can cause a variety of other illnesses including invasive diseases such as cellulitis…
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