Superbugs–What Are They, Where Do They Come From, and What Can We Do?

It's not really a bug, and whether it's "super" depends on your point of view. Yet superbugs have been in and out of the news fairly consistently over the last half-dozen years or so. Have you read an article about someone dying of an untreatable bacterial infection after traveling to India or an article about how we'll … Continue reading Superbugs–What Are They, Where Do They Come From, and What Can We Do?

Listeria and the Pregnant Lady

Listeria monocytogenes is one of my favorite bacteria because it is extraordinarily adaptable and extremely stress tolerant, surviving acidic pH, cold, salt, freezing, and many other stresses with aplomb. Personally, I would give a lot to have similar levels of stress tolerance and adaptability, but LM, as we'll call it, uses its abilities for nefarious purposes. … Continue reading Listeria and the Pregnant Lady

Don’t Wash Your Chicken in the Sink and Other Bad Food Safety Habits

I'm currently editing my final research paper from graduate school for publication, and while most of it is highly technical, there is one section which seemed appropriate for this blog. So here it is, two paragraphs from the intro of my research paper, lightly edited for clarity: Salmonella enterica is frequently associated with poultry and eggs, … Continue reading Don’t Wash Your Chicken in the Sink and Other Bad Food Safety Habits