Microbiology time

Together with our website, we are also changing how we’ll update you about the science around our products! This website is already an enormous repository containing hundreds of studies: we’ll update it regularly and suggest & discuss here every month the three most interesting papers.
This month’s top picks:

A new molecular method quantifying S.pyogenes load accurately from pharyngeal swabs collected during human pharyngitis. Combining a sequential RNA and DNA extraction from throat swabs and performing an emm-type-specific qPCR, Fabri et al. found a 100% specificity and 98.8% sensitivity compared to traditional culture. The researchers then suggest this method for measuring S.pyogenes bacterial load from throat swabs.

A metagenomic study comparing the reproducibility of flash freezing with five room-temperature microbial stabilization methods. Analyzing fecal samples, the researchers found that our hDNAfree FLOQSwabs® with Active Dry Tube performed best for both technical and compositional reproducibility. With further analysis, hDNAfree FLOQSwabs® performance was evaluated at −20 °C, RT, and 50 °C for four weeks compared to fresh samples, maintaining its performance across all temperatures. To conclude, hDNAfree FLOQSwabs® sampling is an excellent alternative to existing RT stabilization methods.

A comparison between VITEK® 2 and Colibri™ coupled to the Radian™ under real routine laboratory conditions. Analyzing more than 700 non-consecutive clinical samples referred to the laboratory between June and November 2020, Colibri™ coupled to the Radian™ demonstrated to be a fully automated solution for antimicrobial disk diffusion susceptibility testing with an equal or better accuracy than the VITEK® 2 system.

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