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.
Karen Seff2023-02-23T17:35:14+00:00July 22nd, 2022|
Although recycling has been at an all-time push, polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastics continue to be extensively used in everyday products. However, a recent breakthrough to help with this issue comes from none other than the microbiology world!
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.
Karen Seff2023-02-23T17:35:18+00:00January 18th, 2022|
Bacteria have been thought of as asocial organisms with interactions limited to detection and responses to external signals from the environment. However, in the late 1960’s scientists discovered that bacteria actually could communicate with each other. It was later known as Quorum sensing.
Maria Simeonova2023-02-23T17:35:20+00:00January 13th, 2022|
Influenza H1N1 flu, otherwise known as ‘Swine flu’. Although transmission from person to person can be inefficient, over the years the virus has been seen to evolve and readily change its genetic material (RNA) resulting in a more efficient transmission from person to person.
Maria Simeonova2023-02-23T17:35:22+00:00September 17th, 2021|
Microscopic organisms, commonly known as microorganisms or microbes, are found all around us and even inside our bodies. The category ‘microbes’ includes a massive range of organisms including bacteria, fungi, viruses, algae, archaea and protozoa.
Maria Simeonova2023-02-23T17:35:07+00:00May 28th, 2020|
During the lockdown, our homes have become offices, schools, gyms, pubs and places to relax. With an overall increased awareness on hygiene and how it can contribute to keeping us safe during the current pandemic, we are taking a look at microbial hotspots in our homes and how to identify them.
Maria Simeonova2023-02-23T21:47:02+00:00April 15th, 2020|
Avoiding the spread of microbes becomes ever more crucial during outbreaks of infectious diseases, such as the Covid-19 pandemic. Our BioLabTests scientists undertook a research study to assess the contamination of fomites with pathogens, indicating key areas that require regular cleaning and disinfecting.