In what is a major step towards the prevention of recurring bouts of Clostridium difficile (Cdiff) infection, an international team led by Dale Gerding, MD, Hines Veterans Administration (VA) research physician and professor of Medicine at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, ha... Read More
A new study has found high levels of infection with hepatitis C (HCV) across Africa, particularly in people infected with HIV. Read More
Unknown fungal contaminant seen on Casein media after 1 month at refrigerated temperatures. Green spore formation is seen throughout the colony with white hyphal growth on the outer edge of the colony. The center was raised and had deep groves. Read More
An unknown fungal contaminant growing on Eosin Methylene Blue (EMB) plate. The fungal colony shows a number of interesting features where it takes up or interacts with they dyes in the medium. Some of the colonies illustrate interesting inhibitory effects on adjacent colonies or appear the inf... Read More
Although much of the country has barely noticed, avian influenza — a version of the virus that generated “Killer Bird Flu!” headlines a decade ago — is now sweeping the Midwest. Read More
HIV-1 replication requires the coordinated movement of the virus's components toward the plasma membrane of an immune cell, where the virions are assembled and ultimately released. A study in The Journal of Cell Biology reveals how a Rab protein that controls intracellular trafficking supports H... Read More
the carbohydrate esculin
-Group D Streptococcus sp. will convert esculin into 6,7-dihydroxy-coumarin which reacts with the iron salts to form a black precipitate.
--Non Group D Streptococcus sp. do not produce the black color.
(A) Enteroco... Read More
This episode: Hoopoes inoculate their eggs with protective bacteria!
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Researchers from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet (LMU) in Munich demonstrate for the first time that bacteriophages (bacterial viruses) carry genetic instructions for proteins that mediate the transport of their DNA to specialized replication sites in the host cell. Read More
Swine farmers are more likely to carry multidrug-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus or "staph") than people without current swine exposure, according to a study conducted by a team of researchers from the University of Iowa, Kent State University, and the National Cancer Institute. Read More
Image of a Puff ball taken at Hoh Rainforest on the Olympic Peninsula in Western Washington, largest Temperate Rain forest in the United States. The large white ball is the fruiting body which contains the spores. Read More
Agar contaminant seen on TSA after 1 month at refrigerated temperatures. Colony was yellow, mucoid, partially circular with concentric circular raised rings with an orangish center. Read More
Vincent, Dickson, and Daniel discuss how a secreted protein from the protozoan parasite Theileria transforms its host cells via a cellular proto-oncogene.
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Streak plate of Proteus vulgaris. The plate was incubated at 37 degree C for 48 hrs then held at room temperature for 1 week. Swarming, white growth with finger like projections at the outer edges, around the circular solated colonies, circular white/beige opaque colonies, was not seen until ... Read More
Rhinovirus is the most frequent cause of the common cold, and the virus itself is quite common: there are over 160 types, classified into 3 species. The cell receptor has just been identified for the rhinovirus C species, which can cause more severe illness than members of the A or B species: it... Read More
Ebola is on the decline in Guinea, one of three West African hit hard by the epidemic. The country's teeming capital of 2 million, Conakry, had only a single known case last week. As part of the endgame, hundreds of local workers have gone house to house in the remaining Ebola pockets in recent ... Read More
CHICAGO--May 1, 2015-- Lymphatic pump treatment (LPT) shows promise in managing pneumonia when combined with antibiotic treatment, according to a new study published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. Read More
Rubella, a disease with terrible consequences for unborn children, has finally been eliminated from the Americas, a scientific panel set up by global health authorities announced Wednesday. Read More