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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
With Easter just around the corner, we are taking a look at one of our favourite Easter treats: Easter eggs. With Cadbury’s Crème Eggs being a particular favourite amongst BioLabTests team members, we decided to take a closer look at this sweet treat from a scientific view point. Did you know that microorganisms play a crucial role in making them?