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What are Viable but Nonculturable (VBNC) cells and why they pose a threat to public health

  Contributed by Narine Arabyan  Viable but nonculturable (VBNC) state was first discovered in 1982 in the lab of Rita Colwell at University of Maryland. VBNC state in bacteria is induced by many different environmental stresses (nutrient starvation, temperature shifts, oxidative and osmotic stress and etc.). Before the discovery of VBNC state, bacterial cells were […]

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Salmonella Pistachio Outbreak

Contributed by Nguyet Kong I’m a fan of pistachio and I can use them with my baked goods and dinner entrees, but now I have to be careful with the brand and type of pistachio I’ll be purchasing in the near future. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have recommend people to stop eating […]

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