Author Archive: Microbiologics

Growth Promotion Test Quiz

How well do you know the Growth Promotion Test (GPT)? Take our GPT quiz to test your knowledge and maybe even learn something new. Good luck! Microbiologics offers four unique QC microorganism products designed specifically for GPT that provide 10-100 CFU per…
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Dear Stanley: Investigating False Positive Results

Dear Stanley, Lately, our lab has been experiencing PCR results that don’t fit with what is expected. We will see occasional positive results in a negative sample. I think the issue could be related to contamination in the lab, but…
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Microbiology’s Wild West: Cannabis Lab Leaders Talk Testing Methods and Regulations

Cannabis has become a widely accepted form of medicine for patients across the United States. These patients, many of whom are immunocompromised, rely on testing laboratories to ensure the safety of the products they use. The lack of consistent and…
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7 Streak Plate Method Best Practices

Microbiologists use the streak plate method every day to isolate colonies. Streaking may seem like Microbiology 101, but bad habits can lead to errors and contamination. Follow these best practices to get your streaking technique down to a science. 1….
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Culture Method Quiz

Think you’re a microorganism growth requirements expert? Our culture method quiz will challenge even seasoned microbiologists while providing an opportunity to learn about some common and rare strains. Good luck and have fun! Read Next – Ask an Inspector: When…
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Ask an Inspector: When Should a Rapid Diagnostic System Be Recalibrated?

Q: When should I validate or recalibrate my rapid diagnostic system? A: With all the rules and regulations, it’s hard to know when a diagnostic system validation or recalibration is required. For most multiplex PCR testing instruments, the requirements are…
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LDT Oversight Deliberation Continues

Almost nine years ago, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) held a public meeting to discuss the oversight of laboratory developed tests (LDTs). As LDTs became more complex and integral to clinical diagnostics, the agency considered a risk-based approach for…
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Dear Stanley: Are Synthetic Standards Compatible with My Assay?

Dear Stanley, I’m interested in a Microbiologics Helix Elite™ Synthetic Standards product, but I’m unsure if it will work for my assay. I read your post, Differences Between Synthetic and Inactivated Molecular Standards, but I’m still not confident the product…
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Our Top Posts from 2018

Our team of writers kicked it up a notch in 2018 to create a steady stream of fun and informative posts for our readers. The best of the best from 2018 are listed below. We hope these posts help you…
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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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