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BacterioFiles 227 - Microbe Menaces Meningitis

This episode: Colonizing ourselves with friendly bacteria could drive out more risky ones, such as those that cause meningitis!


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Oysters harbor, transmit human norovirus: Avoid raw ones

Washington DC - August 28, 2015 - Oysters not only transmit human norovirus; they also serve as a major reservoir for these pathogens, according to research published August 28 in Applied and Environmental Microbiology, a journal of the American Society for Microbiology. "More than 80 percent of... Read More

Vibrios at the Beach

This beach scene was created with various species of Vibrio bacteria collected from coastal Massachusetts. Members of this genus of bacteria are commonly found attached to marine crustaceans and some can be harmful to the host and humans alike, especially if ingested. This genus includes the spe... Read More

Glistening E. coli

The image shows an agar plate with bright shinny bright green colonies growing in a precised direction. this tells us that Life is beautiful, colorful and full of precision. Each person ought to direct the path he/she wants to take in life and make it shine out to brighten the surroundings. Read More

It's always 5 o'clock somewhere

Having in fun in the lab with some Vibrionaceae! #agarart Read More

Portraits of Microbiologists Using Luminous Bacteria as "Paint."

My wife Jennifer Quinn​ hits it out the park: a portrait of Kenneth Nealson​ and the late Woody Hastings "painted" with luminous bacteria, giving them props for the early days of quorum sensing---where the basic principles were first uncovered in bioluminescent microbes. This principle of "aut... Read More

Happy phage

A cartoon drawing of a phage particle (loosely based on the E. coli bacteriophage T4) drawn with a yeast contaminant on an LB agar plate, incubated at room temperature for several days. Read More

Fungal Magic - my fascination

Production of secondary metabolite by fungi Read More

Infection with multiple HIV-1 variants leads to poorer clinical outcomes

HIV-1 infection with multiple founder variants points to poorer clinical outcomes than infection with a single variant, according to a paper published today in the journal Nature Medicine. Read More

The Serendipitous Flamingo - you are what you eat

Did you know that the bright orange/pink colours on flamingos depended on the kind of food they ate?

Here, our white flamingo was created by 3 drops of different oils; olive oil, Tween 20 and Tween 80; in a little experiment to determine which would be the best oil for lipophilicity.

One d... Read More

ASM agar Art

The American society of microbiology logo was replicated on the agar plate.
The outlined microscope was made on Trypic soy agar (TSA) using an environmental isolate. This environmental isolate was identified using DNA sequencing to be Micrococcus luteus. M. luteus is a Gram-positive obligate a... Read More

Cell to Cell

Bacteria were 'painted' on agar and sealed in epoxy. Work by Maria Penil in the Berkmen lab Read More

Chicago!

The skyline of Chicago is depicted here using a bacterial species isolated from human lips. The strain was used to draw the outline of the city on LB agar for several days at room temperature. A wet mount of a colony showed small diplococci and single cells, making this likely to be a species of... Read More

One small step

As a microbiologist I wanted a keepsake footprint for my 3-month old daughter with a "personal touch"; while she was napping, I gently placed her foot on a horse blood agar plate. This just may be her first step into a future career in science, if not microbiology. Read More

the 'clover' made our day

Aspergillus fumigatus isolated from nail samples,growing on SDA agar.The green pigmentation and white coloured parameter forms a 'clover' shape and it makes our day more joyful and fun Read More

Fly ash converting bactria

In coal based thermal power plant residue fly ash is a major problem it creates pollution of air and soil. Few part of it can be consumed as raw material of cement. It contains SiO2, Al2O3, mainly . Is there any Bactria which can convert it chemically . Read More

Neisseria sicca on blood agar

Neisseria sicca grown on blood agar at 37 degrees C for 5 days. A Gram (-) diplococcus organism that is part of the normal mucosal membranes and does not normally cause disease. Read More

Microbe Medley

Have you ever wondered what kinds of microbes live on the surface of your lips? Only a small fraction of our friendly microflora can be cultured, but this colorful assortment was collected when an LB agar plate was kissed and then allowed to incubate on the benchtop for several days. The colonie... Read More

phage by phage

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During my PhD I used to routinely make sure my Lactococcus lactis cultures were pure and the correct strain by sporting a strain-specific bacteriophage on a lawn of the particular host I was working with. One evening I decided to see if I could draw images using phage lysis on lawn... Read More

MWV 97 - TWiV #352 Science Art with Michele Banks

Video version of This Week in Microbiology episode 352. Show host Vincent Racaniello goes to Washington, D.C., to visit artist Michele Banks and discusses science-themed art, science communication and her career path as an artist. 


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