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New antimicrobials on the way…

Concerns about antimicrobial resistance have been growing for many years. At one point it seemed as though we were out of options -organisms were becoming resistant to all antibiotics on the market and no new drugs were being produced. A healthy return on investment for an antibiotic was lacking. The cost to develop a new Read more about New antimicrobials on the way…[…]

microbial fashion

Subcultured Couture- How Fashion is Utlizing Microorganisms

These days, most people are aware that bacteria have benefits to our health and that not all bacteria are to be feared. Probiotic packed yogurts proudly proclaim their rich source of beneficial microbes. Health conscious Americans have taken the time to learn how to balance their intestinal flora based on research showing links between your gut Read more about Subcultured Couture- How Fashion is Utlizing Microorganisms[…]

Detection of Landmines Using Bacteria by Alani Barajas

  Around the world, more than 100 million landmines lay buried and undetected in over 70 countries. There is a global need for safe and efficient technologies for detecting buried landmines and explosives. Worldwide, About half a million people are survivors of mine inflicted injuries and an additional 15,000 to 20,000 people are injured or Read more about Detection of Landmines Using Bacteria by Alani Barajas[…]

Neutralizing the Situation

In the past year, there have been ongoing concerns that sanitizers commonly used to reduce pathogens on poultry carcasses can lead to false-negative test results for Salmonella.  Salmonella are bacteria that can make people sick with an infection called salmonellosis. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that Salmonella causes approximately 1.2 million illnesses Read more about Neutralizing the Situation[…]

Merciless MRSA

If one antibiotic resistant bacteria that makes the news often, it is MRSA. Whether it be the recent infection of newborns at a major clinic or the infection of a national football team due to improper cleaning of gym equipment, MRSA accrues a lot of airtime. MRSA stands for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. Staphylococcus aureus is most commonly found under Read more about Merciless MRSA[…]

No Proteus, No Problem

Starting off CHROM Month is HardyCHROM SS NoPRO. Before we talk about this innovative new media, let us first take a look at how it came to be.   In 1968, Hektoen Enteric Agar was introduced by the Hektoen Institute of Chicago. HE agar is a selective and differential agar used for the culture of Salmonella Read more about No Proteus, No Problem[…]

Serogrouping of Strep:The Legacy of Rebecca Lancefield

  Some species of streptococci are unique in that they are classified or grouped according to the antigenic structure of their cell walls. Ever wondered how this was discovered? In this article, we will explore the history of how strep grouping came to be in common usage today. The genus Streptococcus contains many pathogens from Read more about Serogrouping of Strep:The Legacy of Rebecca Lancefield[…]

Listeria monocytogenes

Contaminated Cantaloupes! Listeria on the Loose.

Listeriosis or Listeria monocytogenes food poisoning is an infection which could be fairly mild or debilitating depending on the person infected. Young children, pregnant women, the elderly, or anyone with a compromised immune system are the most susceptible to Listeriosis. When a person is infected, symptoms of a Listeria infection can include sudden onset fever, chills, severe Read more about Contaminated Cantaloupes! Listeria on the Loose.[…]

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