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.