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ASM Live at ICAAC/ICC 2015 - The Live Internet Talk Show

Participate in ASM Live at ICAAC/ICC 2015 in San Diego, CA, where we will be live streaming video interviews of select researchers with host Read More

Mushrooms

The artist Maria Penil was inspired by biological shapes and underwater plants for this work. Her care and passion can be seen, as she took a long time to paint with yellow Nesterenkonia, orange Deinococcus and Sphingomonas for this work. This resulted in some contamination, which Maria comment... Read More

AgarArt 2015

Microbiology is as much a part of the universe as the Mandela represents. In a patient culture we focus on each component. Finding answers in a culture is both stimulating and relaxing. Using science and chemical reactions we get answers. Sometimes it's like solving a really hard puzzle. Ther... Read More

Butterfly #agarart2015

BBL’s CHROMagar Staph Aureus agar is the canvas for this piece of agar art. Chromogens in the agar release a colored compound when hydrolyzed by specific enzymes allowing certain bacteria to appear different colors on it. The mauve part of the butterfly is Staphylococcus aureus, a bacterium fre... Read More

Jellyfish

Using colorful contaminations of yellow Nesterenkonia, orange Deinococcus and Sphingomonas along with white Bacillus spots, the artist Maria Penil painted these two jellyfish frolicking on an agar plate at 30 degrees for two days, followed by several days at room temperature for rest and peace. ... Read More

Great wave off Candida

Candida albicans is a yeast species that is part of the commensal microbiota of the body. Weakened or impaired immune system can lead to yeast infections mostly produced by Candida albicans, although other species like Candida parapsilosis, Candida glabrata and Candida tropicalis among others ar... Read More

Neurons

Neurons and biological shapes is a common theme in the works of the artist Maria Penil. Here she painted with yellow Nesterenkonia, orange Deinococcus and Sphingomonas isolated for their attractive colors as contaminants in the Berkmen lab. After growing the plates for 2 days at 30C, the artist ... Read More

Student Art : "Lyme"

The salmon-colored tick displayed on this hektoen enteric agar was created by the sugar fermentation reaction of Klebsiella pneumoniae. On this medium, Pseudomonas aeruginosa grows small and dark green and was used to display the words “Lyme” and “Borrelia” along with the associated spirochete ... Read More

Cells

Painting with yellow Nesterenkonia, orange Deinococcus and Sphingomonas, the artist Maria Penil made this intriguing pattern of cells. After growing the bacteria at 30C for 2 days, the artist's seals the plate in epoxy. In this peace, a surprising continuation of the pattern was applied with nai... Read More

Sand Dollar

Using E.coli B strains from NEB (C2566) expressing various chromogenic proteins, the artist Maria Penil was inspired by sand dollars she has seen at her walks off the coast of New England. She grows her painting for two days at 30C then seals her work in epoxy, which surprisingly doesnt kill al... Read More

Microbes are fun

With this art in culture medium I want to show that success just limit ourselves cutting our imagination. It is important to know that no dreamer is small and no dream is too big. I used Chromobacterium violaceum, Serratia marcescens, Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa all of them are ... Read More

Thanksgiving

One semester someone unplugged the -70oC freezer used to store my bacterial cultures so I had to streak each culture out to see if it was still viable and make more stocks. Now I had 50 or so plates and was wondering what to do with all these cultures and how to turn something bad into something... Read More

Sea Turtle #agarart2015

BBL’s CHROMagar Staph Aureus agar is the canvas for this piece of agar art. Chromogens in the agar release a colored compound when hydrolyzed by specific enzymes allowing certain bacteria to appear different colors on it. The light blue/green sea turtle is Staphylococcus saprophyticus, a bacter... Read More

Dragonfly #agarart2015

BBL’s CHROMagar Staph Aureus agar is the canvas for this piece of agar art. Chromogens in the agar release a colored compound when hydrolyzed by specific enzymes allowing certain bacteria to appear different colors on it. The mauve part of the dragonfly is Staphylococcus aureus, a bacterium fre... Read More

Stars and Stripes #agarart2015

Stars and Stripes
BBL’s CHROMagar Staph Aureus agar is the canvas for this piece of agar art. Chromogens in the agar release a colored compound when hydrolyzed by specific enzymes allowing certain bacteria to appear different colors on it. The mauve stripes are Staphylococcus aureus, a bacteri... Read More

Geometric Growth #agarart2015

Several species of bacteria and fungi were used to create this geometric pattern. Red colors are produced by the pigmented bacteria, Serratia marcescens. Occasionally, inanimate objects have been described as bleeding. The artist Raphael created the painting “The Mass of Bolsena,” where the b... Read More

A Trillion Birthdays

If you think rabbits reproduce quickly, wait until you hear about microbes. A single bacterial cell can divide once every 20 minutes. Bacteria also do not grow in the same way as we think of growth; an individual growing larger. In bacteria, one full-grown adult cell divides to form two full-... Read More

Shell

The artist Maria Penil draws much inspiration from biological shapes that are especially found in aquatic environments. In this work Maria painted with yellow Nesterenkonia, orange Deinococcus and Sphingomonas. She then added sea shells to accentuate bio-aquatic shapes as the agar plate was seal... Read More

Bifidobacteria micro-flower

Bifidobacterium animalis subsp. lactis is a commercial probiotic widely used that can be found in many functional foods, mainly dairy products. In our research we are interested to know how this bacterium survives under stressing conditions once it is ingested with the food. Therefore, the capab... Read More

¡Carefull! E. coli has a virus …

The Virus that Infects Bacteria: Bacteriophage. Commonly called phage, are “bacteria eater”. With its six legs, the bacteriophage attaches to the surface of the much larger bacteria. Once attached, the bacteriophage injects DNA into the bacterium and tons of new viruses are produced.
Bacterioph... Read More
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