With each new advance in microbiology, the special skills of the early pioneers have been replaced by scientific advances that allowed the study of microbiology to progress at ever increasing rates of discovery. Automation of microbial sample preparation, plating and enumerating is an advance that facilitates the ability of microbiologists to be more productive.

Unlike the physical sciences, microbiology involves the study of living organisms that have a prodigious ability to mutate and reproduce but, by its nature, automation assumes an ability to standardize material and process.

Automated microbiology can be easily accomplished by automating procedures that do not involve the dynamic nature of microorganisms. Advanced Instruments, Inc. has pioneered automated systems for sample preparation, plating, and enumeration that masterfully reproduce common tasks performed by the most skilled laboratorians. Like the advances made by our forefathers, automated sample handling frees microbiologists from the drudgery of repetitious tasks and allows them to focus their interpretive skills to practice the “art” of identification and to analyze data generated by automation. We call this The New Art of Microbiology. Because it allows you to handle more specimens and culture more organisms, we believe it “Adds More Culture to Your Life.”

Advanced Instruments, concentrates on the sub-field of Bacteriology. Bacteria are responsible for many beneficial processes such as industrial fermentation (e.g. the production of alcohol and dairy products) and antibiotic production. Scientists have exploited their knowledge of microbes to produce biotechnologically important enzymes to help in the fight against cancer and other illnesses.

Unfortunately bacteria can be harmful to humans. Organisms such as E. coli, Listeria, and Salmonella all can cause illness or death. Federal organizations such as the Environmental Protection Agency, the Food and Drug Administration and the Department of Agriculture, utilize Advanced Instruments technology to ensure the safety of our food supply.

There are many varieties of organisms that can cause disease. Anaerobic bacteria are organisms that live in the absence of oxygen or at low-levels of oxygen (micro-aerophilic bacteria). These organisms are common causes of infection. There are several habitats in the body (intestine, oral cavity) that are anaerobic. However, other parts of the body can become anaerobic as a result of injury or trauma. Many dangerous bacteria are anaerobic or micro-aerophilic and can cause great harm to humans1.

1 Brock, Thomas D and Madigan, Michael T, Biology of Microorganisms (Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, Inc), p. 358.