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Escherichia coli 0121 Outbreak Linked to Flour

  Contributed by Azarene Foutouhi  Earlier this month, General Mills voluntarily recalled a newly expanded list of flour products including Gold Medal Flour, Signature Kitchens Flour, and Gold Medal Wondra Flour after Shiga Toxin producing Escherichia coli 0121 was isolated from product samples taken from the homes of ill consumers. Thus far, the contaminated product […]

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Graduation Season 2016

  Contributed by Bart C. Weimer, PhD It is spring and again graduation is upon us. This year the Weimer lab produced 4 fantastic graduates. These folks are prepared for the next phase of their career. Moving from being a graduate student to a post doc or an industry employee is a big transition. Prior […]

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JOIN US @ ASM Microbe 2016 in Boston for our Special Symposium

Industrial Metagenomics – Large Scale Analysis for Food Safety Supported by UC Davis, IBM, Mars, Inc. and Bio-Rad 6:45 pm – 10:00 pm Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Grand Ballroom West MODERATORS: Christopher Elkins PhD; Supervisory Microbiologist, FDA Kristen Beck, PhD; Researcher, Sequencing the Food Supply Chain, IBM Research, Almaden Research Center PRESENTATIONS: Mapping microbiome data […]

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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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