Microbiology

2019 Novel Coronavirus: What Microbiologists Need to Know

By Marylou Gibson, Ph.D. Background on 2019 Novel Coronavirus The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) continues to spread within China (as of this posting date). Cases are spreading beyond Hubei province, and thousands of infected people have been reported in more…
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Dear Stanley: My products were exposed to temperatures outside the stated storage range, are they still usable?

Dear Stanley, The items from my recent order were shipped to me without an ice pack. The temperature here was almost 80°F when the product arrived. Can I still use the items or do I have to re-order? Franklin, Fort…
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Top 10 Holiday Gift Ideas for Microbiologists

Looking for a holiday gift for your favorite microbiologist? We’ve hand-picked these 10 unique gift ideas that celebrate your loved one’s profession. 1. “I Play With Bacteria” Cell Phone Holder A cell phone holder for microbiologists! This fun design reads,…
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2019 Holiday Gift Guide for Kids Who Love Science

Our 2019 Holiday Gift Guide for Kids is here, and it includes fun gift ideas to help spur curiosity and a love of science in your child. From LEGO’s to experimental kits, we’ve got your holiday list covered. 1. MEL…
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2019 #CreepyCultures Winners

The 2019 #CreepyCultures results are in! It wasn’t easy choosing only a few winners and honorable mentions out of all the truly creepy agar art you submitted this year. Congratulations to the winners and honorable mentions, and thank you to…
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#CreepyCultures 2019 is Here!

Halloween is once again upon us and #CreepyCultures is back! Your intricate microbe illustrations left us in awe last year. We can’t wait to see what you conjure up for 2019! Unleash your creative side and send us your creepiest,…
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Clinical Lab Best Practices: A Practical Guide to Acing Your Next Inspection

We’ve teamed up with experienced CAP auditor, Joslyn Pribble, to help clinical labs navigate CAP and COLA/CMS/CLIA requirements. Through a series of webinars and blog posts, we’re aiming to provide you with lab best practices so you can ace your…
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8 Aerobic Plate Count Best Practices

Several factors can influence the accuracy of aerobic plate counts used to estimate the number of microorganisms in food, cosmetic, pharmaceutical, and household products.  Below are a few best practices we recommend for achieving consistent and accurate counts. 1.  Ensure…
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9 Gram Staining Best Practices

Gram staining is an important procedure all microbiologists should master. A laboratorian performs a Gram stain for many reasons – from screening the quality of a sputum sample to rapid presumptive diagnosis of an illness like bacterial meningitis. How to…
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