Microbiology

Best Practices for Growth Promoting of Media Used in Tests for Burkholderia cepacia complex

Burkholderia cepacia complex (Bcc) organisms are consistently a leading cause for microbiological recalls in the United States when contamination is identified. Requirements for Bcc testing were officially added to United States Pharmacopeia (USP) General Chapter <60> in 2019. Laboratories are…
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The Speed and Confidence of GFP Controls

UV-BioTAG Controls

Operating within a narrow window of time for identifying pathogens, food safety microbiologists have the added uncertainty of cross-contamination from control strains, a common cause of false positives. The USDA Microbiology Laboratory Guidebook (MLG) and the FDA Bacteriological Analytical Manual…
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Top 5 Success Strategies for Picking the Right CRO Partner

CRO Partnerships

When it comes to pre-clinical and clinical research in drug and therapy development, there are several areas of responsibility where sponsors may outsource key functions to a Contract Research Organization (CRO). The reasons vary, but the top two are cost…
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Group B Strep Awareness Month Blog

Group B Strep Awareness

The CDC and other health organizations recognize July as International Group B Streptococcus (Group B Strep, GBS) month. In many ways, Group B Strep seems somewhat harmless, remaining asymptomatic for most healthy adults who carry the bacteria. Yet the same…
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Women’s Health & STI Quiz

Women's Health & STI Testing

According to the World Health Organization, over one million sexually transmitted infections are contracted every day. Infection rates have been steadily increasing, reaching new records each year since 2014, but public awareness of STIs is not keeping pace. How much…
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The Public Health Crisis of Antimicrobial Resistance

Antimicrobial susceptibility testing

What if the latest tech device had all the bells and whistles everyone wanted and was far better than anything currently being sold, but the marketer was told he could not sell it until all the previous versions of his…
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The Sustained Increase in STIs

Women's Health and STI Awareness

Less than 20 years ago, STIs were at historic lows. Syphilis was close to elimination. In 2021, however, sexually transmitted infections are at an all-time high, yet the importance of prevention and screening seems to have fallen by the wayside….
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Celebrating Medical Laboratory Professionals Week 2021

Medical Laboratory Professionals Week 2021

In a time when we have come to rely on medical laboratory professionals more and more, we also run the risk of taking their work for granted. Their work is so integral to our health and everyday life that most…
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The Crisis of Increasing Drug-Resistance in the Tuberculosis Pandemic

Drug-Resistant TB

About every 22 seconds, someone dies from Tuberculosis. As the deadliest bacterial infection worldwide, Tuberculosis causes or contributes to 1-1.5 million deaths per year, recently surpassing HIV as the deadliest single infectious agent. Around ten million people become sick with…
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The Challenges of Accurate Zika Virus Testing

Zika Virus

Although it is largely forgotten today, just five years before the Coronavirus Pandemic, the Zika virus was making headlines. In early 2016, the World Health Organization declared the Zika epidemic a public health emergency, as evidence mounted that the Zika…
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