Melanin produced by a marine bacteria Bacillus spp. has shown shown to have good anti-inflammatory activity. The pigment had shown to inhibit inflammatory enzymes cycloxygenase, lipooxygenase, myeloperoxide,NO synthase in vitro at a concentration which was non-cytotoxic..This will be a breakthro... Read More
Chromobacterium violaceum is a gram negative bacterium known to produce a natural antibiotic violacein which has other additional properties as well.
Here I was testing the MIC for a range of antibiotics and found a amazing result wherein i could clearly see "persisters" which will at a later s... Read More
Image taken in Jamestown in March, similar to previous post. Several people in our dept have suggested chechen of the forest or SIlvershelf. Read More
This is a good news story all around. UC Berkeley engineers, Michael D'Amrosio and Matthew Bakalar (UC Berkeley Bioengineering) with medical personal from NIAID, Dr. Thomas Nutaman and his collaborators from Cameroon and France collectively took the omni-present global resource, a standard smar... 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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What microbial masterpieces can you create?
Plate your artistry, creating a unique piece of agar art and then add a short description of your piece that engages a broad audience.
Anyone with an active ASM membership is eligible to compete. Winners will receive a free ASM... Read More
Vincent, Dickson, and Daniel reveal last week's case study and introduce a new one concerning a patient who traveled to Belize.
Unknown yeast isolated on TSA from a swab taken from the bottom of a shoe incubated at 25 degrees C. Yellow, mucoid, round colonies were seen after 2 weeks. This isolate grew equally well at 37 degree C with a growth time of ~ 1 week. Read More
This episode: Hoopoes inoculate their eggs with protective bacteria!
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Hey Vincent, Elio, Michele and Michael!
I'm a first year microbiology graduate student at UC Berkeley and an avid listener of twim. Elio's snippet from the most recent podcast reminded me of a personal anecdote that might be useful to share with... Read More
This picture was taken in early October 2014 in the Washington, DC metro area. The temperature that week had been in the mid-70's during the day to the low 60's at night (Fahrenheit), and it hadn't been too humid. This had grown at the base of a tree, and was very large -- my hand is in there fo... 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
Positive EDTA disc synergy test.
This Klebsiella pneumonia was isolated from a sputum sample. Read More
Its warm and sunny Spring weather here in California’s Bay Area. The fourth year
Speaking of water, below is a humorous incident that could be used to draw
Scientist has described the possible existence of sixth DNA base, the methyl-adenine (mA) this week.
Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) is a polymer of nucleotides, which encodes every genetic information of living existence. The entire genetic information are stored within DNA as the form of millio... Read More
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
Professor Dr. Luca Guardabassi gave the talk at Science and cocktail events on April 2015.
How many people die because of antibiotic resistance every year? Which people have a higher risk to die of bacterial infections? Is consumption of antibiotics in Danish livestock higher than in other cou... Read More
The TWiM team discusses evidence that serotonin synthesis is regulated by spore-forming members of the gut microbiota. Read More