The Human Microbiome: What Am I Made Of? Part 2

Microscope12.24.2014

Written by: Selective Micro Technologies

The study of microbiology and immunology has been prominently researched since the 1600’s, and notably advanced when Anton van Leeuwenhoek created the microscope. While many hypothesized that there was something causing illness and disease, no one had been able to demonstrate any microbe’s tangible existence, however, until such were first discovered under the microscope. It was now measurable and verifiable that these microbe’s were living, moving organisms!

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Mold: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Part 2

3 Petri dishes of mold12.03.2014

Written by: Selective Micro Technologies

Part 2 of our mold series aims to debunk several myths about mold and present several ways in which mold has been used for positive outcomes. Mold has a bad reputation, but not all types of mold are necessarily bad. For instance, a certain mold is responsible for what has been one of the biggest medical discoveries in the 20th century. Do you know what it is? For the answer, we will explore some common myths about mold, some of which we’ll debunk. Below are three common myths regarding mold:

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Eye on Superbugs--Special Report: Measles

Child with measles10.31.14

Written by: Selective Micro Technologies

According to the World Health Organization, “Measles is one of the leading causes of death among young children even though a safe and cost-effective vaccine is available.” Since this disease is now prevalent again, causing elevated illness and death in individuals, it was determined to be a bug that would be good for our “Eye on Superbugs” series this week. Let’s explore this disease and why all of a sudden children are dying from a disease that was once considered completely eliminated in the United States.

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Eye on Superbugs--Special Report: Ebola

10.21.14  

Ebola virus ahead sign in the countryWritten by: Selective Micro Technologies

This week’s “Eye on Superbugs” series is a Special Report on the virus currently wreaking havoc in West Africa: Ebola. According to the World Health Organization, this is the “largest and most complex Ebola outbreak since the Ebola virus was first discovered in 1976. There have been more cases and deaths in this outbreak than all others combined.” This outbreak has been the focus of major news sources around the world. Due to the fact that in its history this virus has shown to have a mortality rate from 50- 90%, these recent outbreaks have been causing worldwide panic.

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Eye on Superbugs Part 7: VRE

10.08.14  Washing hands

Written by: Selective Micro Technologies

In this week’s series “Eye on Superbugs”, we are presenting another known superbug that is highly resistant to antibiotics: VRE. This superbug fits under a similar category as CRE, MRSA, and C-diff. because they are all very prevalent in healthcare settings and all have built a resistance to antibiotics, which makes these superbugs all the more powerful disease spreading machines. 

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