Microbiology time

Happy new year! We are welcoming 2022 by uploading a multitude of freshly published papers to our scientific database. This month features these top three studies:

  • A Danish research investigating the effect of temperature and boric acid on urine preservation to diagnose canine urinary tract infections. Analyzing 179 urine samples, the researchers found that preservation using Uriswab™ is a valid alternative to refrigeration – which is the gold standard but rarely feasible – for transporting urine samples up to 24 hours before quantitative bacterial culture.
  • Whole-genome sequencing of the Mycobacterium tuberculosis’ genome requires large amounts of mycobacterial DNA, but the high viscosity, low mycobacterial load, and high contamination with bacterial and human DNA hamper sputum samples’ culture for WGS. In the second study selected, Dippenaar et al. assessed the efficiency of Myco-TB and other devices to liquefy and decontaminate sputum prior to DNA extraction to improve Mycobacterium DNA quality and quantity.
  • Gao et al. explored the ability of our WASP to detect pathogens in female reproductive tract specimens and its feasibility in optimizing diagnostic procedures. Comparing automated processing with the manual method, the researchers found no significant difference in the detection rates of common pathogens encountered in clinical obstetrics and gynecology, suggesting that WASP could optimize diagnostic procedures for detecting common pathogens of the female reproductive system thereby reducing associated costs.

As always, you’ll find below the link to download and read the full studies: