Nine Safe Practices for the Microbiology Laboratory

  1. Treat all microorganisms as potential pathogens. While the majority of microorganisms are not pathogenic to humans and have never been shown to cause illness, under unusual circumstances a few microorganisms that are not normally pathogenic can act as pathogens. Treat all microorganisms—especially unknown cultures—as if they were pathogenic. A student who has a compromised […]

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Handling, Storage and Shipment considerations for COVID-19 samples

In December 2019, a bunch of patients with a novel coronavirus was identified in Wuhan, China. Initially, named 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), the virus has now been named SARS-CoV-2 by the International Committee of Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV). This virus is the causative of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) which has brought economies to halt, […]

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A guide to personal protection and sanitization during outbreaks

A pandemic is an outbreak of global proportions, caused by a variety of agents – the most recent and ongoing one being the coronavirus pandemic the world is coping with. A virus transmission can take place not only among patients and workers or staff in healthcare settings, but also among co-workers and members of the […]

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PRIME EDITING: HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TO SOUND LIKE YOU KNOW WHAT YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT

What is prime editing? Prime editing is a potentially significant update to CRISPR gene editing which serves as a “search-and-replace” editor for the human genome. Using prime editing, it is possible to directly write new genetic information into a specific DNA site. Anzalone et al. (2019) used it to edit human cells through targeted insertions and deletions to […]

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What Family Businesses Can Learn from the Military

The Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted family businesses in unexpected ways. Many are dealing with anxious investors, a diminishing number of customers, and the challenges that come with managing newly remote teams. For many family-business leaders, managing this crisis has been overwhelming, as they’re grappling with stressed supply chains, plummeting employee morale, and loss of revenue. A […]

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Steer Your Family Businesses Through an Unplanned Transition

Two years after her parents passed away, 63-year-old Alice Tazzi* found herself in a frustrating situation. As with several other recent efforts, she was unable to get her brothers to agree on a significant business investment. Alice had become president of her family business at the age of 61 after several decades watching from the […]

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How CEOs Can Lead Selflessly Through a Crisis

You might think that crises tend to bring out the worst in people, but that isn’t reflected in how we view our leaders, at least. In fact, crises cause us to view leaders as more charismatic and effective than we normally do. This is probably why U.S. presidents are almost universally re-elected in times of war. And research has […]

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Laughter Will Keep Your Team Connected — Even While You’re Apart

Videoconferencing has been around for more than 20 years. Until the pandemic, though, you would find that many if not most people needing to attend a meeting remotely would be calling from a real conference room full of their teammates. Today, we’re routinely holding videoconferences that are 100% virtual. And that introduces a problem technology can’t […]

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