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Bacterial Motors Come in a Dizzying Array of Models

Bacteria that can swim propel themselves with corkscrew tails anchored in rotary motors. That may seem surprisingly mechanical for a microbe, but it is a system that has been wildly popular and conserved across billions of years of evolution.

To see what I mean, I encourage you to visit this ... Read More

Ebola Survivor: The Best Word For The Virus Is 'Aggression'

When Dr. Ian Crozier arrived in West Africa this past summer, he was stepping into the epicenter of the Ebola hot zone. The American doctor was working in the Ebola ward of a large, public hospital in Sierra Leone's dusty city of Kenema.

The trip nearly cost him his life. First came a fever, ... Read More

Yersin the parrot

Micro art inspired by my parrot named Yersinia. Yersinia enterocolitica in an enteropathogenic bacteria, is gram negative bacili, non sporulated and flagellated; it causes diarrhea and gastroenteritis. My countrie is famous because the different species of birds and I like parrrots because th... Read More

Developing global expertise in medical mycology and fungal immunology

As part of the Wellcome Trust Strategic Award for Medical Mycology and Fungal Immunology (WTSA MMFI), ten international students are awarded scholarships to complete a Masters of Research (MRes) at the University of Aberdeen, followed by a three-year PhD at any UK institution with expertise in t... 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

A Billion 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

colonies picture of candida spp.

Colonies of candida species:

Media: HiCrome Candida Differential Agar
principle: Perry and Miller (1) reported that Candida albicans produces an enzyme b -N-acetyl- galactosaminidase and according to
Rousselle et al (2) incorporation of chromogenic or fluorogenic hexosaminidase substrates ... Read More

NIH scientists draw evidence-based blueprint for HIV treatment and prevention

For many years, clinicians debated the best time to start antiretroviral therapy (ART) for HIV infection, with some worrying that the risks of treatment in terms of drug toxicities could outweigh the benefits of controlling the virus. In a new commentary, scientists from the National Institute o... Read More

Trial confirms Ebola vaccine candidate safe, equally immunogenic in Africa

Two experimental DNA vaccines to prevent Ebola virus and the closely related Marburg virus are safe, and generated a similar immune response in healthy Ugandan adults as reported in healthy US adults earlier this year. The findings are from the first trial of filovirus vaccines in Africa. Read More

It's always 5 o'clock somewhere

The clock on this agar plate was drawn with a culture of Photobacterium leiognathi, a marine bacterium in the Vibrionaceae family. The design in this picture was illuminated with white light on the left, and photographed completely in the dark for the image on the right. This brightly luminous s... Read More

A Magic night

Chromobacterium violaceum enchants the night and yellow Micrococcus sp. Gives us light so we can notice how Pseudomonas aeruginosa fills the mountains with a vivid green color. During that magic night a girl's red hair seems to dance at the rhythm of the wind while she appreciates the wonders of... Read More

Giardia lamblia’s Trophozoite

Waving all over the small intestine, there can be a particular smiley face shaped parasite called Giardia lamblia. One can get the infection by eating cysts from contaminated food or water. This interesting parasite in its trophozoite state, absorbs their nutrients from the lumen of the small in... Read More


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

Are you ready for the winter?

The winter is coming you should be ready..

Take these steps for your home

Many people prefer to remain indoors in the winter, but staying inside is no guarantee of safety. Take these steps to keep your home safe and warm during the winter months.
•Winterize your home. ◦Install weather str... Read More

Spectacular mass spec advances for infection diagnostics

It goes without saying that both patients and their doctors want to treat infections as quickly and successfully as possible. Unfortunately, when it comes to traditional diagnostic methods, culturing a microorganism can take several days – time during which the microbes may be multiplying and th... Read More


New research with a hydrogel and an antioxidant aims to make condoms both better and something people will actually want to use. Read More

A Billion 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
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