Episode Summary


As we round out yet another year of this pandemic, clinical microbiologists have not slowed down. We have not slowed down in our response to the pandemic or other day-to-day testing needs, despite the constant reagent backorders and personnel shortages, and equally as important, we have not slowed down in publishing high-quality, informative and clinically relevant papers, which have really spanned the gamut of clinical microbiology - from antimicrobial susceptibility testing, to next generation sequencing assays and AI, to evaluation of new high throughput assays for a variety of pathogens, the field continues to expand at an impressive pace. So today, 3 JCM editors discuss some of our favorite and most impactful papers published in the Journal in 2021.



Nasal Swab Performance by Collection Timing, Procedure, and Method of Transport for Patients with SARS-CoV-2.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1128/JCM.00569-21

Multicenter Postimplementation Assessment of the Positive Predictive Value of SARS-CoV-2 Antigen-Based Point-of-Care Tests Used for Screening of Asymptomatic Continuing Care Staff.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1128/JCM.01411-21

Laboratory Safety: Handling Burkholderia pseudomallei Isolates without a Biosafety Cabinet.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1128/JCM.00424-21

The clinical utility of 2 high-throughput 16S rRNA gene sequencing workflows for taxonomic assignment of unidentifiable bacterial pathogens in MALDI-TOF MS.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1128/JCM.01769-21

Performance of Fully Automated Antimicrobial Disk Diffusion Susceptibility Testing Using Copan WASP Colibri Coupled to the Radian In-Line Carousel and Expert System.
DOI: 10.1128/JCM.00777-21

Benefits Derived from Full Laboratory Automation in Microbiology: A Tale of Four Laboratories.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1128/JCM.01969-20

Reflex Detection of Ciprofloxacin Resistance in Neisseria gonorrhoeae by Use of the SpeeDx ResistancePlus GC Assay.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1128/JCM.00089-21

Comparative Performance of Latest-Generation and FDA-Cleared Serology Tests for the Diagnosis of Chagas Disease.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1128/JCM.00158-21

Diagnosing Pulmonary Tuberculosis by Using Sequence-Specific Purification of Urine Cell-Free DNA.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1128/JCM.00074-21

Indeterminate QuantiFERON Gold Plus Results Reveal Deficient Interferon Gamma Responses in Severely Ill COVID-19 Patients.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1128/JCM.00811-21

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