Microbiologics, Inc.

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Microbiologics, Inc.

 •  December 23, 2017

IP/IPI strip inoculated with P. aeruginosa derived from ATCC® 27853™* Dear Stanley, We recently purchased your KWIK-STIK™ product to perform quality control on new lots of ETEST® strips. Do you have any tips for setting up and reading an ETEST®? Mike from Philadelphia, PA Dear Mike, KWIK-STIK is the perfect product for performing QC on new lots of...

Microbiologics, Inc.

 •  December 17, 2017

The U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP) created quite the challenge when it designed the growth promotion test (GPT) for selective media. Laboratories not only need to test new batches of media with less than 100 colony-forming units (CFU), the colonies must also grow on agars such as MacConkey within 18 hours. We’ve compiled nine best practices to help you...

Microbiologics, Inc.

 •  November 9, 2017

1918 flu ward at Camp Funston, Kansas (Source: Wikimedia Commons) Microorganisms triggered many events that drastically altered human history. The most notorious microbes caused mass death and destruction, but they also inspired modern medical advances often taken for granted. The significant impact these tiny, invisible-to-the-naked-eye creatures...

Microbiologics, Inc.

 •  September 28, 2017

Is something small bugging you? Stanley Staphylococcus can help! We’re excited to introduce a new monthly advice column, Dear Stanley, where our favorite blog readers can get some guidance for their microbiology-related quandaries. You can submit any questions you have about bacteria, viruses, or parasites to our resident expert and master...

Microbiologics, Inc.

 •  August 24, 2017

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has designated August as National Water Quality Month. Thankfully, tap water in the United States is safe to drink because water utilities are required to meet the standards set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Many people in developing countries, however, do not have access to safe...

Microbiologics, Inc.

 •  June 8, 2017

Last month we outlined the debate for and against requiring B. cepacia testing for all nonsterile pharmaceutical, personal care products and water systems (The Great Debate Over B. cepacia Testing). At the end of the post, we asked our readers what they think – should testing be required or not? The Results Are In We heard from over 100 readers,...

Microbiologics, Inc.

 •  May 18, 2017

To test, or not to test – that is the question. A frequent reason for recalls of nonsterile products is contamination with Burkholderia cepacia, a microorganism capable of causing serious illness in patients with impaired immune systems or chronic lung disease. Despite the threat of B. cepacia, the strain is not listed as an objectionable...

Microbiologics, Inc.

 •  March 23, 2017

“Science and everyday life cannot and should not be separated.” Rosalind Franklin Women have made great scientific discoveries throughout history. Unfortunately, due to cultural mindsets during their time, many were not recognized for their work. In celebration of Women’s History Month, we are paying homage to just a few of the women we can thank...

Microbiologics, Inc.

 •  January 13, 2017

Gyms are gross. Aside from the sweaty bodies and abundant aromas gliding about the room, unique bacterial flora is deposited from gym goers on every surface. Microbiologists have proven time and again that public places are cesspools of bacterial diversity. The opportunity for warm, wet, skin-to-surface contact means there is likely a lot of...

Microbiologics, Inc.

 •  November 24, 2016

STEC may not be a household term, but it is of great significance to food and clinical laboratories. In this post, we will describe what laboratories can do to help protect the public from this harmful and increasingly important group of bacteria. The information outlined below relies heavily on content provided by the Centers for Disease Control...