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insect-egg mass slime

Yesterday I was walking in the woods, looking for fungi and slime and my eye caught sight of something yellow on the ground. It looked like insect eggs but I said, "It is impossible, it is winter!" I touched and it came apart. It was made out of many yellow long egg-like units. I left and few mi... Read More

Bacterial Symbiosis?

Some kids & I have been swabbing their classroom, and this colony caught my eye, or is it two colonies living in a mutualistic relationship. Perhaps this is commensalism as the red one seems to really like the yellow one. Or perhaps it is the same colony of microbes, somehow producing two differ... Read More

Mouse or monkey plate

I was examining the anti microbial activity of a wound dressing material against a MRSA clinical isolate using a zone of inhibition assay. After incubation over night, I got some plates which have ZOIs in a shape of a mouse or money face. I attached an image. Read More

Mushroom/Fungus #2

After several weeks of heavy rains several different mushroom species were seen in the leaf litter and shade of a pine tree in Santa Cruz, CA. The cap was beige/tan, smooth and started to invert, gills were not attached to the stem. Read More

Mushroom/Fungus #3

After several weeks of heavy rains several different mushroom species were seen in the leaf litter and shade of a pine tree in Santa Cruz, CA. The cap was greenish yellow with some orange, had a dull rough texture, was cone shaped (others had opened up and flattened out a bit more), gills were b... Read More

Zika from sex, the byway but not the highway

Can Zika virus be sexually transmitted? Perhaps in very rare cases, but the main mode of transmission is certainly via mosquitoes. That’s why I’ve shamelessly stolen a quote on this topic from Dr. William Schaffner of Vanderbilt University: Mosquito transmission is the highway, whereas sexual tr... Read More

Unknown organism/Palm of hand print #2

Unknown organism, probable Bacillus spp, seen on palm of hand print done on MH, incubated at 37 degrees for 2 days, room temp for 3+ days then refrigerated temp for one month. Organism was beige, circular, mat towards the edges. The center was rhizoid/folded, hard to tell if there was fluid in ... Read More

Unknown organism/Palm of hand print

Unknown organism, probable Bacillus spp, seen on palm of hand print done on MH, incubated at 37 degrees for 2 days, room temp for 3+ days then refrigerated temp for one month. Organism was beige and mucoid, smooth growth on one side and rhizoid growth throughout the rest of the colony, Read More

Alcaligenes faecalis line inoculation with swarming

A line inoculation was done with Alcaligenes faecalis and incubated for 48 hrs at 37 degree's C. Swarming/spreading could be seen form the inoculation line. Note: Small contaminate also seen on the plate.
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Adenosine deaminase may help the immune system fight HIV on its own

New research findings published in the February 2016 issue of the Journal of Leukocyte Biology, suggest that a new therapeutic strategy for HIV may already be available by repurposing an existing prescription drug. The drug, an enzyme called adenosine deaminase, or ADA, ultimately may be able to... Read More

First reported autopsy of patient with MERS coronavirus infection provides critical insights

Philadelphia, PA, February 5, 2016 - Since 2012, at least 1,500 individuals have developed Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), resulting in more than 500 fatalities. Only now are results being reported of the first autopsy of a MERS patient, which was performed in 2014. Not only do these fi... Read More

Study reveals how herpes virus tricks the immune system

With over half the U.S. population infected, most people are familiar with the pesky cold sore outbreaks caused by the herpes virus. The virus outsmarts the immune system by interfering with the process that normally allows immune cells to recognize and destroy foreign invaders. How exactly the ... Read More

The dual role of GALNT3 during influenza infection

Feeling under the weather? Are you congested, maybe having a hard time breathing, especially at night? Don’t worry – this is your body’s natural response to an infection. Mucus production is generally regarded as antimicrobial – it traps particles like virions before they can infect nearby host ... Read More

More Fungus

After several weeks of heavy rains several different mushroom species were seen in the leaf litter and shade of a cedar tree in Santa Cruz, CA. The fungus was yellow/orange, undulating appearance, with what looked like rough bumps on the outer edges with the inside being smooth. Read More

E. coli, Salmonella, and Norovirus - oh my!

This upcoming Monday, Chipotle restaurants across the country will close as its employees discuss food safety and safe food handling. The restaurant was in the news throughout the last half of 2015, beginning with an outbreak of E. coli in Seattle (which was kept secret!), followed by another E.... Read More

Pseudomonas aeruginosa with pigment

A line inoculation was done with Pseudomonas aeruginosa. After 48 hrs incubation at 37 degrees C incubation the blue/green diffusible pigment pyocanin could be seen around the organism. There was also the characteristic grape smell. Read More

IMA Plate of CF patient

IMA plate of a CF patient. Growing Yeast and 2 different strains of Pseudomonas aeruginosa Read More

It's always sunny in the micro lab

Just in time for Valentine's Day! Send a "flower" to your sweetheart on a TSA plate with Serratia marcescens, Kocuria rhizophila, and Corynebacterium xerosis. Read More

Listeria: Hypervirulent strains with cerebral and placental tropism

Researchers from the Institut Pasteur, Inserm, CNRS and Paris Descartes - Sorbonne Paris Cité University recently published a large-scale study in Nature Genetics based on almost 7,000 strains of Listeria monocytogenes -- the bacterium responsible for human listeriosis, a severe foodborne infect... Read More

D.C. Department of Health says three confirmed cases of Zika in the District

The D.C. Department of Health says it has confirmed three cases of Zika in the District — all of which involved people who contracted it after traveling abroad.

The virus, which has been linked to birth defects in the Americas, is primarily spread through mosquito bites.

Of the victims, on... Read More
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