Category Archives: Microbiology


Tuesday morning, the Washington Post (at least in the online version) had a story about FDA action against a company whose duodenoscopes were very difficult to decontaminate and which have been linked to CRE, carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae, bacteria that are incredibly … Continue reading

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Genetically Engineered Yogurt

And cheese too! OH NOES! (boldface mine): Scientists didn’t know enough about the function of CRISPR and Cas enzymes for Koonin to make a detailed hypothesis. But his thinking was provocative enough for a microbiologist named Rodolphe Barrangou to test … Continue reading

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Gaming and…TB?

This is arguably one of the weirder microbiology articles of 2014 (boldface mine): Local area network (LAN) gaming centers (variant of cyber cafes) have proliferated over the past 2 decades. Patrons sometimes spend considerable time playing multiplayer computer games at … Continue reading

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One Lesson From the CDC Debacles–Always Check Your Materials Before You Start Working

And for that matter, before you send stuff to other people. By now, you might have heard about the CDC’s bad week. Most of the attention has focused on the discovery of smallpox vials, two of which contained virus that … Continue reading

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When Epidemiology Conflicts With Rapid Diagnosis: Whither/Wither Clinical Genomics?

What Scary Disease Lady (aka ‘Maryn McKenna’) wrote a couple of weeks ago about the clinical shift from culturing microorganisms to rapid diagnosis that removes the need to grow the disease-causing critter is very important (boldface mine): To get diagnoses … Continue reading

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Microbiologist David Coil lists the flaws of the BACTERIA ARE FOUND ON X!! stories (boldface mine): First, bacteria are everywhere. It’s no shocker that anyone with a Q-tip and a Petri dish can find them on your cellphone. Sure, cellphones … Continue reading

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What Really Worries Me About the Salmonella-Chicken Outbreak

In the midst of all of the Republican debt ceiling/government shutdown lunacy, one of the casualties has been the CDC’s inability to respond to a Salmonella outbreak that has currently sickened hundreds of people in twenty states and territories throughout … Continue reading

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