Author Archive: Microbiologics

When COVID-19 Meets Flu Season: How One Clinical Laboratory is Preparing

A typical flu season presents significant challenges for medical laboratories with increased demand and pressure for providing quick and accurate diagnostic testing. But what happens when you combine this already demanding time with the global COVID-19 pandemic? No one can…
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What Happens When Laboratory Tests Fail?

The Critical Role of QC in Every Stage of Assay Development and Usage For anyone of us involved in medical laboratory or public health laboratory testing, we understand the critical importance of clinical quality control (QC). With the ongoing fallout…
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2020 #CreepyCultures Winners

Wow! We had record participation for our 2020 #CreepyCultures contest! Thank you to everyone who joined the fun this Halloween. The Microbiologics team was blown away by the amazing creations you submitted and voting was tougher than ever. Congratulations to…
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The Challenges of Mycoplasma Testing for USP <63> Compliance

Mycoplasma

As the use of cell lines to produce biopharmaceuticals continues to increase, Mycoplasma testing is a growing quality control challenge. Because of its unique properties, Mycoplasma poses many challenges for detection and management. Mycoplasma contamination can spread quickly, yet common…
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Advantages of Whole Virus Controls for SARS-CoV-2 Quality Control

SARS-CoV-2

The COVID-19 pandemic has put increasing pressure on front-line healthcare workers to deliver fast and accurate test results. For any clinical diagnostic testing, laboratory professionals need assurance that sample preparation methods, as well as the instrumentation used to complete testing,…
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#CreepyCultures Agar Art Contest – 2020 Edition

Creepy Cultures

It’s 2020 and what a year it has been! It also marks the five-year anniversary of our annual Halloween-themed agar art contest known as #CreepyCultures. We’re looking forward to this year’s competition even more than previous years, in hopes that…
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Legionella Testing of Water Systems is Crucial as Schools Reopen

Water Testing in Schools

We’re in the midst of the COVID-19 global pandemic and now back-to-school time is upon us. For some that means resuming in-person learning, whether it be full or part-time. Parents, students and school staff are all feeling a mixture of…
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SARS-C0V-2 Tests & Their Targets

SARS-CoV-2 Gene Targets

By Marylou Gibson, Ph.D Adapted from a post that originally appeared on LinkedIn. Of the more than 55 RT-PCR Test kits or assays currently available under Emergency Use Authorizations (EUA) by the FDA, few target the same genes. Many more…
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