Debugging the Mosquito Crisis

One of the deadliest species known to man is Aedes aegypti, also known as the Yellow Fever mosquito. This species of mosquito is capable of carrying and spreading diseases such as chikungunya, zika, yellow fever, and dengue fever to more than half of the world’s population. These diseases are the cause for millions of deaths Read more about Debugging the Mosquito Crisis[…]

Enlisting AI for Drug Discovery

Bacteria are becoming more resistant to drugs while pharmaceutical companies are slowing their antibiotic research. Due to low profits and high time consumption, there are fewer drugs discovered and manufactured by drug companies.(1) Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), carbapenem-resistant Enterobacterales (CRE), and multidrug-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa infections are a major concern with limited treatment options. Treatment is Read more about Enlisting AI for Drug Discovery[…]

Will the new coronavirus go away when the weather warms up?

Will the new coronavirus go away when the weather warms up?

This is the question that many are asking, but unfortunately, there is no easy answer.  First of all, we have to take a look at why the cold and flu viruses seem to dissipate in the summer months. There are four possible reasons why respiratory viruses are more common in the winter and tend to Read more about Will the new coronavirus go away when the weather warms up?[…]

Antibiotic Resistance in Food Items

In the United States, approximately 2.8 million people are infected with antibiotic resistant bacteria (ARB) every year resulting in billions of dollars in healthcare costs and approximately 35,000 deaths (1,2). About 80% of antibiotic use in the United States comes from the agriculture industry, particularly in the husbandry of cattle and poultry. While antibiotics are Read more about Antibiotic Resistance in Food Items[…]

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COVID-19 Sample Collection Kits for Upper Respiratory Tract Specimens

Due to the recent 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, we have been getting many inquiries about what type of swabs, media, and kits should be used for COVID-19 sample collection prior to testing. Below we have a short guide on which COPAN products meet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Interim Guidelines for Read more about COVID-19 Sample Collection Kits for Upper Respiratory Tract Specimens[…]

Cannabis Micro

Is that really pharmaceutical grade cannabis?

Cannabis has many different modes of delivery and applications for use. The most common ways that cannabis is used in our society today are: a smokeable, an edible, an oil or infused product. According to most market researchers, flower products and concentrates are the top sellers, with edibles and cosmetics also representing a solid segment Read more about Is that really pharmaceutical grade cannabis?[…]

Brita filters bacterial growth yay or nay

Can filters add or decrease the bacterial count?

According to the USGS, the Earth’s surface is comprised of about 71% water (1); however, only a modicum of this supply is potable. Fortunately, modern marvels of mankind are making this supply increasingly accessible through the desalination of salt water and filtration of contaminated water, to name a few. Unlike salt water, the consumption of Read more about Can filters add or decrease the bacterial count?[…]

Are Three Heads Better Than Two?

The new generation of active viable microbial air samplers represent a new approach to maintaining environmental control. The TRIO and the RABS ISOLATOR instruments are made by Orum International and distributed by Hardy Diagnostics. Active impact microbial air sampling is one aspect of the regulatory guidelines related to contamination control. The principle of microbial air sampling Read more about Are Three Heads Better Than Two?[…]

Candida auris

Cause for Concern: Emerging Pan-resistant Candida auris

Candida auris was first described in 2009 and was first reported in the United States in 2016.(1)  It is a member of a growing group of yeasts that can cause candidiasis, yeast infections that are normally of little consequence, and treatable through a number of anti-fungal medications.  Nosocomial candidiasis, however can easily infect ports installed Read more about Cause for Concern: Emerging Pan-resistant Candida auris[…]

CDC Recommends Nasopharyngeal Swabs AND Oropharyngeal Swabs as Suitable for Upper Respiratory Tract Specimens for Investigations of Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

COPAN announces a kit that pairs 3mL of UTM® universal viral transport medium and two FLOQSwabs™: one minitip and one regular flocked swab. MURRIETA, Calif., Jan. 31, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — On January 30th, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) held its second meeting in Geneva of the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee regarding the outbreak Read more about CDC Recommends Nasopharyngeal Swabs AND Oropharyngeal Swabs as Suitable for Upper Respiratory Tract Specimens for Investigations of Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)[…]

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