Life science & clinical diagnostics instruments > Microbiology

The bubonic plague — 20 million years in the making?

02 October, 2015 by Lauren Davis

Entomology researcher George Poinar, Jr has unearthed what he believes is a 20-million-year-old strain of the bubonic plague.

An advanced system for high-density E. coli fermentation

10 August, 2015 by Bin Li, Khandaker Siddiquee and Ma Sha, Eppendorf

Eppendorf has demonstrated the use of the BioFlo 320 bioprocess control station to achieve E. coli cultivation.

VWR International SAS (Surface Air System) portable microbiological air samplers

16 July, 2015

VWR International has introduced the SAS (Surface Air System) portable microbiological air samplers. The SAS is an open system and can be used with 60 or 90 mm petri dishes.

Exploding giant microbes anyone? The Australian Society for Microbiology achieves critical mass in Canberra

21 May, 2015

The president of the Australian Society for Microbiology, ASN Conference Organisers and the Local Organising Committee of the 43rd Annual Scientific Meeting and Trade Exhibition would like to invite you to Canberra in July 2015 to immerse yourself in the microbial world. It will be cold. You have been warned. But it will be festive.

Compact Dry microbial tests

01 April, 2015

Compact Dry microbial tests are simple to prepare and interpret, with a broad range of applications. The tests feature a streamlined workflow with easy colony enumeration.

Probiotic reduces weight gain in mice

09 March, 2015

In a landmark probiotic study, European researchers have demonstrated the effect of a particular probiotic strain on body fat mass and glucose tolerance.

Celsis Accel microbial screening system

02 March, 2015

The Celsis Accel system allows products to be quickly released from micro hold, reducing manufacturing cycle times and inventory requirements for home, beauty and pharmaceutical product manufacturers.

A microbial portrait of the New York City Subway system

06 February, 2015

Anthrax and Bubonic plague were among the 637 known bacterial, viral, fungal and animal species identified in the New York City Subway system. Only 12% of the bacteria species sampled are known to have some association with disease, but more interestingly still, 48.3% of the DNA sampled did not match any known organism.

New European project to combat antibiotic resistance

05 February, 2015

As the problem of antimicrobial resistance grows worldwide, over 30 European academic partners and five pharmaceutical companies have launched a new project under the New Drugs 4 Bad Bugs (ND4BB) program.

Antibiotic with no resistance discovered

09 January, 2015 by Lauren Davis

Researchers from Northeastern University have discovered an antibiotic which eliminates pathogens without encountering any detectable resistance - a promising weapon in the war against superbugs such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.

Synbiosis ProtoCOL 3 automated colony counter and software

30 October, 2014

Synbiosis has introduced a software module for the ProtoCOL 3 automated colony counter. The software is claimed to make Protocol 3 the world's first commercial automatic microbial identification and counter of colonies cultured on CHROMagar plates.

Mapping our microbial footprints

04 September, 2014

Despite how hard we may try to scrub ourselves clean with antibacterial soap, it appears that humans are more tightly bound to our surrounding microbes than we thought.

Don't overlook what’s underfoot - save the bugs and germs

26 August, 2014 by Andrew Beattie

One of the biggest problems for conservation today is that it ignores 95% of all known species on Earth. Could a company ignore that proportion of its clients or a government so many of its voters? So why does this problem exist in conservation?

First images of a microorganism's drug manufacturing line

23 June, 2014

Researchers at the University of Michigan (UM) have obtained the first three-dimensional snapshots of the 'assembly line' within microorganisms that naturally produces antibiotics and other drugs.

Targeting bacteria's antibiotic-resistant barrier

20 June, 2014

Scientists at the University of East Anglia (UEA) have discovered what they believe to be an Achilles heel in the defensive barrier which surrounds drug-resistant bacterial cells.

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