WASHINGTON (July 27, 2015) - The improved survival rate of HIV patients in sub-Saharan Africa due to effective treatment programs is increasing the ability of researchers in Africa to study the impacts of cardiovascular disease in HIV patients, according to a guest editor page published today in... Read More
The growing power of imaging and computing power of smartphones is creating the possibility of converting your smartphone into a high power pocket microscopy system. High quality miniature microscopy lenses attached to smartphone are typically made with glass or plastics that can only be produce... Read More
A permissive vaccine prevents disease in the immunized host, but does not block virus infection. Would a permissive vaccine lead to the emergence of more virulent viruses?
This hypothesis is based on the notion that viruses which kill their hosts too quickly are not efficiently transmitted, a... Read More
Scientists from the University of Queensland and a biotechnology company discovered a new class of antibiotics, which is a kind of synthetic sugar. And the new antibiotics can significantly decrease the drug resistance caused by bacteria, and kill them. These new antibiotics can be a powerful dr... Read More
Washington, DC - July 30, 2015 - In research that could lead to protective probiotics to fight the “chytrid” fungus that has been decimating amphibian populations worldwide, Jenifer Walke, PhD, a postdoctoral researcher at Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg, and her collaborators have grown ba... Read More
Staphylococcus aureus isolated from nasal mucosa of Pig. Nasal swab was collected by E-swab, and then 100 ul of swab fluid was plated directly onto Staphylococcus selective agar medium. Pink colored colonies are indicative for Staphylococcus aureus. Though the medium is a highly selective but th... Read More
This is a Fungal art from PG laboratory of Department of Plant Pathology, College of Agriculture, Vellayani. One fine Easter morning, 3 enthusiastic PG students who were working at their lab stumbled upon a miracle. A beauty of God's creation. The petridish contains an agar art that resemble the... Read More
Vincent and Rich discuss fruit fly viruses, one year without polio in Nigeria, and a permissive Mar... Read More
Each Fall, I teach a freshman writing class about symbioses and parasitism. I was very lucky to get some pretty famous people to "Skype" or "Google Hang Out" in to visit my class. Last Fall, one of my "tele-speakers" was the fabulous science writer and very funny fellow Ed Yong. The students ... Read More
The late Edward Leadbetter had a huge impact on my life as an academic, and a microbiologist. In this post, I try to give some appreciation to what he meant to me. Read More
This episode: Sampling microbial populations in sewage from cities could reveal differences in the human populations, such as prevalence of obesity!
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Bacteriophages were named because it appeared that the bacteria were being eaten by something. Here is a healthy E. coli strain (MG1655) that was mixed with a suspension of P1 phages and poured onto an agar plate. As the lawn of cells grew and covered the whole surface, plaques can be seen where... Read More