A More Reliable Article about Copper Use

(update, 3-25-14.  Fixed the link to the article being described and added link to PDF of paper available from Research Gate) I posted an article in the past discussing the benefits of copper as an antimicrobial agent, but the authors had a huge conflict of interest. However, I still found the idea of using copper …

Sampling Airborne Microbes in the Built Environment

This interesting article published in “CLEAN- Soil, Air, Water” (behind a paywall) in March 2013 aims to describe an efficient procedure for sampling airborne microbes and fungi in indoor environments. Airborne bacteria and spores commonly induce respiratory systems such as asthma and allergies, so they are an important component of the built environment. Gauzere et …

A Possible Solution to Nosocomial Infections?

This interesting review article from 2012 bridges clinical Microbiology and the study of the built environment. Authors Borkow and Monk discuss various sources of nosocomial infections (NI) and a potential solution to the problem. Despite rigorous efforts to sterilize and sanitize hospitals, NI are persistent and pose a serious threat to patients who are already …

Microbes on Planes

Scared of flying? Here’s one more reason you can add to your list. There is concern about the microbiology is airplane cabins, as it is a closed environment utilizing recycled air. The occupant density is much greater than normal “built” environments, and passengers cannot leave when they want to. But not much is known about …