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China battles virus that has killed two pandas and left third critical

A deadly virus has claimed the lives of two of China's beloved giant pandas and left a third in critical condition.

Chinese state media reported this week that veterinarians are using antiviral therapy to treat five-year-old Feng Feng, after medical tests showed serious damage to the panda's ... Read More

Aquaspirillum serpens

A simple stain done on a stock culture of Aquaspirillum serpens to look at cell shape. This culture was grown in TSB at room temperature, ~21 degrees C, for several months. Aquaspirillum is a slow grower normally found in pond water. A characteristic spiral rod can be seen in the center of ... Read More

Promising antibiotic discovered in microbial ‘dark matter’

An antibiotic with the ability to vanquish drug-resistant pathogens has been discovered — through a soil bacterium found just beneath the surface of a grassy field in Maine. Although the new antibiotic has yet to be tested in people, there are signs that pathogens will be slow to evolve resistan... Read More

Serpentine cording in Mycobacterium tuberculosus

Pictured is a culture of Mycobacterium tuberculosis growing colonies in the distinctive "serpentine cord" form seen in many strains of M. tuberculosis. These cords are made up of chains of cells that make chains due to a cell wall factor of MTB.

The cell wall structure of Mycobacterium is a m... Read More

Microbiology: Here's looking at you, squid

The aquarium looks empty, but there is something in it. A pair of eyes stick out from the sandy floor, and their owner is easily scooped up into a glass bowl. At first, the creature looks like a hazelnut truffle — small, round and covered in tiny flecks. But with a gentle shake, the flecks of sa... Read More

New research reveals that a species of bird 'paints' its own eggs with bacteria which protect the embryo

Researchers from the University of Granada and the Higher Council of Scientific Research (CSIC) have found that hoophoes cover their eggs with a secretion produced by themselves, loaded with mutualistic bacteria, which is then retained by a specializad structure in the eggshell and which increas... Read More

Cancer copies how healthy cells move to invade organs

To slip, slide, squeeze and otherwise invade different parts of the body, cancer cells learn to switch between two modes of moving usually used by healthy cells. Now we know how.

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Clinical Microbiology Market Worth $12,411.36 Million in 2019

The microbiology market is segmented on the basis of applications into clinical, energy, environment, food, manufacturing, and pharmaceuticals. The pharmaceuticals application segment accounted for the largest share of the microbiology market in 2014, while the food application segment is expect... Read More

DNA ‘smart glue’ could someday be used to build tissues, organs

DNA molecules provide the “source code” for life in humans, plants, animals and some microbes. But now researchers report an initial study showing that the strands can also act as a glue to hold together 3-D-printed materials that could someday be used to grow tissues and organs in the lab. This... Read More

LD bodies inside a macrophage

A smear showing LD bodies inside a macrophage from a patient of Kala-azar visiting Universal College of Medical Sciences and Teaching Hospital. Photo Courtesy: Dr. Deliya Paudel, Department of pathology Read More

TWiP 81 letters


Allan writes:


Dear Vincent & Dickson… and Daniel,


I always enjoy listening to TWIP here in Kona, Hawaii.


Our weather today is 79ºF and clear but we have just experienced a record 25-year overnight low of 54ºF,
(FREEZING, as few of us hav... Read More

Symbol Of ASM

This study done at department of Clinical Microbiology, TU Teaching Hospital , Kathamandu, Nepal.
Clinical specimen: Sputum
Media: Muller Hinton Agar
Incubation condition: at 37'c for 24hrs.
Isolate: Pseudomonas aerugionsa
Pic: Symbol of ASM.

Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a Gram-negative rod... Read More

‘PURE’ STEM CELLS LET MICE FIGHT OFF HIV

An improved gene therapy strategy using modified human stem cells shows promise in animal models as a functional cure for HIV.

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Hookworm egg containing moving larva

Wet mount examination of a stool specimen showing 2 eggs of the parasitic worm Hookworm. The eggs contain larva that are moving inside the egg and appear to be ready to hatch. Hookworm adult worm lays eggs that have a segmented ovum having 4-8 blastomeres and are not bile stained. Video captured... Read More

Ancient Viruses Gain New Functions in the Brain

If thinking about the billions of bacteria taking up residence in and on your body gives you the willies, you probably won’t find it comforting that humans are also full of viruses. These maligned microbes are actually intertwined in the very fibers of our being—about 8 percent of our genetic ma... Read More

A true cell-fie!

We all know about selfies, made popular by the camera in our cell phone. Well, here is the *real* deal - the 'cell-fie'. It's a photograph of my cell culture incubator full of stacks of plates in which HeLa cells are growing - and it's complete with my reflection. Read More

Seeking single cells’ secrets

The National Institutes of Health has awarded grants totaling $7.9 million in 2014 to 25 research teams who are unraveling the workings of single cells, as part of an effort to spur development of personalized treatments that target disease at the cellular level. The grants are supported by the ... Read More

"Extreme measures" needed to see Ebola shot development through

Developing and bringing to market effective Ebola vaccines requires extreme measures and unprecedented international cooperation, global health experts said on Monday.

In an interim report on a roadmap for vaccines against the current and any future outbreaks of the deadly virus, infectious d... Read More

Op-Ed: Microbiology in the news, the top stories of 2014

London Colney - The website Pharmaceutical Microbiology has reviewed the top ten microbiology stories and events that have made the news during 2014.

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Viroids, infectious agents that encode no proteins

Genomes of non-defective viruses range in size from 2,400,000 bp of dsDNA (Pandoravirus salinus) to 1,759 bp of ssDNA (porcine circovirus). Are even smaller viral genomes possible? The subviral agents called viroids provide an answer to this question.

Viroids, the smallest known pathogens, ar... Read More
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