Maria Simeonova2023-04-19T14:40:14+01:00April 19th, 2023|
Cordyceps have recently gained a lot of attention due to their appearance in the hit video game and TV series, The Last of Us. In the show, the Cordyceps fungus mutates and becomes parasitic to humans. While this is purely fictional, it highlights the fascinating and potentially dangerous properties of this type of fungus.
Maria Simeonova2023-02-23T17:40:41+00:00October 18th, 2022|
The world’s toughest bacterium, Deinococcus Radiodurans can survive extreme radiation, and has been found thriving in many places - including the inside of nuclear reactor walls. This unique microbe is a type of ancient bacteria, surviving with no clear genetic affinity with any other bacterial lineage.
Maria Simeonova2023-02-23T17:35:11+00:00September 8th, 2022|
Jane Hinton is the woman to whom we owe the discovery of the Mueller-Hinton agar used in the Kirby-Bauer test method. She assisted John Howard Mueller, with whom she developed the Mueller-Hinton agar medium at the age of just 20 years old.
Maria Simeonova2023-02-23T17:35:12+00:00August 31st, 2022|
The RMS Ttitanic was the largest liners ever built between 1911 and 1912; she was 269 meters long and 28 meters wide made of 1-inch-thick steel and iron. When the wreck was later discovered in 1985 on the ocean floor, it was able to shed light on the details of the sunken ship.
Maria Simeonova2023-02-23T17:17:54+00:00August 25th, 2022|
Today we are taking a closer look at Escherichia coli (E. coli). In hygiene-sensitive industries, testing for E. coli is considered a good indicator of poor or failed hygiene systems.
Maria Simeonova2023-02-23T17:18:12+00:00May 13th, 2022|
The species we are discussing in this blog is Listeria monocytogenes, one of the two species within the genus that is considered a major human pathogen. Listeria monocytogenes specifically refers to the bacterium that contaminates food and causes Listeriosis if ingested.
Maria Simeonova2023-02-23T17:35:18+00:00April 26th, 2022|
In this blog, we would like to delve deeper into the testing method ISO 22196 and the key differences between the strains of bacteria used – Staphylococcus aureus vs MRSA. Commonly BioLabTests test against MRSA, but we can also test against Staphylococcus aureus.
Maria Simeonova2023-02-23T19:35:54+00:00April 13th, 2022|
It is rare that we get to combine science with art, but today on World Art Day, we thought the occasion is quite fitting! Our microbiologists took a closer look at an inspiring scientific project that helped to improve water quality for small artisan communities.
Maria Simeonova2023-02-23T17:18:14+00:00April 13th, 2022|
The beginning of April 2022 saw yet another Salmonella outbreak, this time across multiple countries, including the UK. To better understand what causes Salmonella, what makes it thrive and how to avoid it, in today’s ‘Microbial Top Facts’, our microbiologists discuss this particular bacterium.
Maria Simeonova2023-02-23T19:35:50+00:00March 27th, 2022|
With this year’s Academy Awards being hosted for the 94th time on Sunday, we thought to award some trophies to different microorganisms. Keep on reading to find out who ‘snatched the trophy’!