Microbiology

7 Tips for a Healthy and Safe Holiday Season

After the 2020 holiday season, everyone is eager to return to our holiday traditions of the past, including celebrating and gathering with family and friends. Although our world has opened back up in many ways following the COVID-19 precautionary measures…
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How Clinical Laboratories Are Adapting to COVID-19 Challenges

Clinical Laboratories Adapting to COVID-19

An Interview with a Diagnostic Laboratory Director For every major challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic, many lesser-known difficulties have multiplied the complexities of laboratory diagnostics. Logistical issues, for example, continue to impact the speed and efficiency of COVID-19 testing. Although…
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2021 #Creepy Cultures Winners

Creepy Cultures

Every year, our customers delight us with their creativity and plating skills by culturing masterpieces for our #CreepyCultures agar art contest. This year’s submissions included an homage to the popular TV show Squid Game, a microorganism “lab rat,” and much…
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Who Cares About Growth Promotion Testing?

GPT

Growth Promotion Testing (GPT) is so foundational to Microbiological product safety that it can be easy to overlook. Most industrial microbiologists understand the importance of GPT, but this critical test is sometimes performed incompletely and inconsistently. A sampling of FDA…
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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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