Pharmaceutical Micro

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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New PCPC Guideline for Investigating Microbial Data Deviations in Personal Care Labs

No matter how precise you are when setting up tests, occasionally errors occur resulting in unexpected outcomes. This is especially true for microbiology assays, which due to the nature of microorganisms, are subject to more variation than chemical assays. For…
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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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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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Identification and Preservation Techniques of Environmental Isolates

Pharmaceutical microbiologists have the great responsibility of ensuring their products are free of harmful contaminants and safe for consumers. Earlier this month at the Pharmaceutical Microbiology Fall Forum in Philadelphia, Microbiologics Vice President of Research and Development Brian Beck Ph.D….
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Environmental Isolate Case File: Moraxella osloensis

Moraxella osloensis isn’t a well-known bacterium outside the laboratory, but this opportunistic human pathogen has been found to cause life-threatening diseases such as endocarditis, osteomyelitis, central venous catheter infection and meningitis.1 M. osloensis is also known to be an environmental…
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2018 #CreepyCultures Winners

The votes are in! Our team had a tough time choosing only a few winners and honorable mentions out of all the unbelievably eerie agar art you submitted this year. Congratulations to the winners and honorable mentions, and thank you to…
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