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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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Top 10 Custom Control Strains

Top Ten Custom Control Strains

Since we launched our Custom Solutions program for environmental isolates and objectionable organisms in 2011, the most common strains have remained remarkably consistent. Even as the customers we serve (and the products they manufacture) have become increasingly diversified, the top…
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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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#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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Ask Tech Support: What Bacterium Grows In Cold Temperatures?

Question: What bacterium grows in cold temperatures? Answer: Try Arthrobacter psychrolactophilus ATCC® 700733™*, Microbiologics catalog # 0260.  This species, a psychotroph, grows at a chilly 5° C. According to Modern Food Microbiology by Jay et al., a psychrotroph is an organism that can…
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