Nanoengineering to eliminate biofilms

Ever heard of biofilms? They sound a lot more complicated than they really are: surface-coating layers of polymeric extracellular secretions and microorganisms that accumulate on a matrix over time.

Here it is in simpler terms: Biofilms are layers of grime that gather on a surface, leading to corrosion and making it harder to effectively clean […]

Cell phone science: Can the molecules you leave behind determine who you are?

Humans leave behind trace chemicals, molecules and microbes on every object we touch. By sampling the molecules on cell phones — an object we tend to spend a lot of time touching — researchers conducting a recent study were able to construct lifestyle sketches for each phone’s owner, including diet, preferred hygiene products, health status […]

Researchers successfully ID people from their microbial cloud

Research has explored the human microbiome for several years and it has been known that every person’s skin is teeming with millions of different microbes creating a living, breathing habitat layer unique to every individual.

However, new research is showing that the human microbiome actually extends beyond a person’s skin and into the air around […]

CDC: Wetter is better for hand washing

It’s that time of year again — cold and flu season is upon us and the battle of keeping yourself and others healthy has intensified.

While many people know that washing their hands or using hand sanitizer is an important aspect to preventing infection and avoiding the spread of foodborne bacteria and other germs, do […]

Micro 101: What is film plating?

Without microbes, there is no microbiology.

It seems pretty obvious. But like all things in life, it’s never just that easy. Microbes don’t separate according to genus and species on their own nor do the dangerous ones hold up little red flags warning of their pathogenicity. Rather, it falls to lab personnel, microbiologists and other […]

Bacteria 101: How do pathogens make us sick?

Here at Neogen blog, we talk a lot about pathogens.

But what makes them tick? And what makes them pathogens?

A pathogen is an agent such as a bacterium or virus that causes illness. When it comes to foodborne illness, this includes Salmonella, E. coli, Listeria, and norovirus, for example. For now, we’re going to […]

Study shines light on microorganism hotspots

Think the door knobs and fridge handles are the germiest places in the kitchen? Think again.

A recent study by Michigan-based NSF International, a nonprofit that provides health standards and audits, found the vegetable and meat compartments refrigerators, blender gaskets, can openers and rubber spatulas were most likely to play host to bacteria, including potentially […]

Scientists study microbiomes on fresh produce

There’s more to your salad than meets the eye.

Researchers at the University of Colorado delved into the world of the communities of microorganisms that reside on fresh foods, such as fruits and vegetables, to find out what’s actually there. Often, research focuses only on pathogenic bacteria, such as E. coli and Salmonella, as these […]

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Life sciences

Microbial menagerie—The Scientist

Why humans really aren’t all that human at all.

Food safety

Food Safety Magazine –June/July issue

The most recent issue has articles on why food packages […]