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Two birds with one stone: E. faecium cotransfers drug resistance determinants by homologous recombination

The Gram-positive bacterium Enterococcus faecium is a member of the ESKAPE pathogens for which drug resistance has been a growing problem. How E. faecium becomes drug resistant has been a long-standing question, and is the focus of a new study now available in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemothera... Read More

New Resistance Gene Found in "High Risk" Multidrug-Resistant Pathogen

Washington, DC – July 11, 2016 – A team of Italian investigators has discovered a new variant of an emerging antibiotic resistance mechanism. The new variant, dubbed mcr-1.2, confers resistance to colistin, a last-resort antibiotic against multidrug-resistant Gram-negative pathogens. The researc... Read More

Fungal contaminant on BEA

Fungal contaminant seen on Bile Esculin Agar (BEA) after several months at refrigerated temperatures. The fungus was circular at the edges with mounding in the center and blackening of the media indicating esculin hydrolysis. Read More

TWiV 399: Zika la femme

The latest Zika virus news from the ConTWiVstadors, including a case of female to male transmission, risk of infection at the 2016 summer Olympics, a DNA vaccine, antibody-dependent enhancement by dengue antibodies, and sites of replication in the placenta.


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Unusual contaminant morphology

Unknown contaminant seen growing on Brain Heart Infusion (BHI) agar plate after several months at refrigerated temperatures, The organism grew at the edge of the agar plate interface, was smooth and circular, cream/beige mat at the base which mounded up, the edges or center of the colony had fi... Read More

Unknown Environmental Swab from Handrail

Out door wood railing was swabbed onto TSA and grown for 48 hrs at 37 degree's C, then allowed to grow at room temperature for 72 hrs the held at refrigerated temperature for a month. This is a close up of some of the organisms that grew. One was a white circular fungal colony with hyphae, the o... Read More

Table Top Color

Swab taken from the lab table top and incubated on TSA for 48 hrs, left at room temperature for 72 hrs then held at refrigerated temperature for a month. Pictured is a colorful mucoid orange yeast (possible rhodotorula) slowly overtaking several other colonies (yellow is a presumable yeast as we... Read More

Meet Luca, the Ancestor of All Living Things

A surprisingly specific genetic portrait of the ancestor of all living things has been generated by scientists who say that the likeness sheds considerable light on the mystery of how life first emerged on Earth.

This venerable ancestor was a single-cell, bacterium-like organism. But it has a... Read More

Let it Glow! People "painting" with luminous bacteria onto plates #luxart

Painting with glowing bacteria. What better way to get students anyone excited about microorganisms? Dr. Mark O. Martin, a self-proclaimed “Microbial Supremacist” uses glowing bacteria to entice students to explore the mysteries of microbiology. Now fellow microbiology educators at ASMCUE creat... Read More

Summer Travel and the Zika Virus #rio2016

Health officials have warned pregnant women to avoid travel to the more than 45 countries and territories in which the Zika virus is circulating. Infection during pregnancy can lead to birth defects in infants, particularly brain damage and abnormally small heads, called microcephaly.

But wit... Read More

Memory loss caused by a virus

Well you may ask what virus ?

and I tell you West Nile Virus ( but I want to change it to WNV ). Every year when mosquito season arrives it will bring a lot of diseases . one of them is the memory loss. you may ask how does memory loss concern WNV?
THE ANSWER:

Thousands of people are liv... Read More

The U.S. Blew $1.4 Billion on Abstinence Education in Africa

That is the amount of money the U.S. spent over a 10-year period from 2004 through 2013 promoting abstinence before marriage as a way of preventing HIV in 14 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Unfortunately, according to the most comprehensive independent study conducted to date of the effort, the... Read More

Table top mix

Swab taken from the lab table top and incubated on TSA for 48 hrs, left at room temperature for 72 hrs then held at refrigerated temperature for a month. Pictured is a colorful mix of beige mucoid bacteria, orange and yellow mucoid yeast/bacteria, and white grainy fungi (possible actinomyces?). Read More

Floor swab organism/Swarming

Floor swab was done for a science project. One of the organisms seen was mucoid, opaque in color and had finger like projections (swarming) after growth on TSA at 37 degree's C for 48 hrs. Read More

SECRETS IN THE SANDSTONE OF CAPITOL REEF NATIONAL PARK

After seeing living microbial mats forming stromatolites in Yellowstone in Part One, now we go back in time to the Jurassic period - hunting for microbial fossils in the desert of Utah. It's Part Two of the National Park anniversary series, live on the ASM blog! #NPS100 Read More

Table Top Swab II

Swab taken from the lab table top and incubated on TSA for 48 hrs, left at room temperature for 72 hrs then held at refrigerated temperature for a month. Pictured is one of the resulting bacterial/fungal growths (yeast): Circular yellow colony, mucoid, with a donut like appearance
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Serratia marcescens/

Serratia marcescensgrown on TSA for 48 hrs. at 37 degree's C then held at room temp for 24 hrs. Serratia marcescens is circular, mucoid and has a red to oragne pigment due to the production of prodigiosin. Usually the red coloration dose best at reduced temperatures so after initial grown at ... Read More

Multi Omics Measurements of Single Samples #mSystems

In systems biology studies, the integration of multiple omics measurements (i.e., genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics, and lipidomics) has been shown to provide a more complete and informative view of biological pathways. Thus, the prospect of extracting different types of molecu... Read More

Zika epidemic could burn out in 3 years but return in a decade

The Zika epidemic could be over in three years – but by then up to 93.4 million people may have been infected, including 1.65 million women of childbearing age, and tens of thousands of babies could be affected. But even if the epidemic fizzles out, this could be a temporary relief: a decade lat... Read More

Large Protein Nanocages Could Improve Drug Design and Delivery

Using novel computational and biochemical approaches, scientists have accurately designed and built from scratch 10 large protein icosahedra -- polyhedra with 20 faces -- similar to viral capsids that carry viral DNA. The designed structures are made of two different engineered proteins, present... Read More
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