Microbiology time

It’s November Microbiology Time! Take a look at our database to find the latest studies taking advantage of our products. This months top picks are:

  • A study from Patterson et al. investigating copper-induced PCR inhibition, a severe problem for forensic science as copper is found in many objects retrieved from crime scenes as handles, bullets, knives, and other weapons. The group compared the efficiency of STR profiling following standard extraction or direct amplification with our microFLOQ®: using the microFLOQ® Direct Swabs, the group found reduced inhibition induced by metal and less variability in profile completeness. Noteworthy, microFLOQ® ensured a quick processing method with a minute amount of bloodstain needed.
  • A Jamaican study determining the antimicrobial susceptibility of clinical Neisseria gonorrhoeae isolates from men with urethral discharge. The researchers used our minitip FLOQSwabs and eSwab to collect urethral samples from 175 men, also evaluating the therapy efficacy. A piece of evidence that AMR surveillance should be expanded in Jamaica and other Caribbean countries to guide evidence-based treatment guidelines.
  • An 11 years surveillance study determining the prevalence of digestive carriage of ESBL-producing E. coli among residents in a university-affiliated long-term care facilities. By performing yearly sequencing and genotyping on eSwab collected samples from more than 2000 residents, the researchers observed fluctuations for ST131 H30 ESBL-EC – an emerging multidrug-resistant subclone – with a current decline in prevalence. This is another study highlighting the importance of comprehensive screening and surveillance strategies to monitor AMR.

Are you interested? Read the complete studies below!