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American Society for Microbiology designates Ocean Station ALOHA as a Milestones in Microbiology site

Washington, DC – October 27, 2015 – Ocean Station Aloha, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM) has been designated a Milestones in Microbiology site by the American Society for Microbiology. Read More

Flying Micrococcus unicorn

Unicorn drawn on TSA with Micrococcus luteus and M. lylae. The flowing pink mane is Roseomonas gilardii. #ASM #AgarArt Read More

After Hand Washing

This organism seems to be showing up after students wash with soap and water. Organism seen on finger tip grown on TSA 37 degree's C for 48 hrs then refrigerated temp for several weeks. Organism was a pale yellow with raised rhizoid growth in the center some of it matt and some mucoid, edges w... Read More

Interesting Colonoy Morphology/Formation

Hand print done on a large TSA plate after using hand sanitizer, this was the only colony seen. Large cream/white matt colony covering the majority of the plate. The center of the colony was solid with speckled growth/offshoots at the edges, possible Bacillus spp. Read More

Unknown Organism from Environmental Swab

Unknown organism from an environmental swab, swab was done on the bottom of a students backpack. Organism was grown on TSA at 37 degree's C for 48 hours then refrigerated for several weeks. Color was a white with a mattt apperance in the middle with lobate mucoid margins. Image was taken usin... Read More

Social yeast cells prefer to work with close relatives to make our beer, bread and wine

Baker's yeast cells living together in communities help feed each other, but leave incomers from the same species to die from starvation, according to new research from the University of Cambridge. Read More


For some time, scientists have known that certain combinations of coral and algal species were more tolerant to temperature extremes than others, and therefore more likely to survive in the changing conditions predicted for the future. Read More


Scientists believe they may be a step closer to developing a vaccine for congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV), one of the world’s leading infectious causes of birth defects. Read More


Bananas contain a substance that, when changed slightly by scientists, shows promise to fight a wide range of viruses, including the flu. Read More

MWV 99 - Microbial Monsters: #algae #vampirococcus #halloween

Watch the pilot episode of BioFilms in which we explore some creepy microbes just in time for Halloween. Learn how algae can suffocate a pond of all its life, discover the vampire bacterium known as Vampirococcus who literally sucks the life out its victims, and watch out for those sweet Hall... Read More

BacterioFiles 235 - Dust DNA Detectives with Dr. Dunn

This episode: I talk with Dr. Rob Dunn about his team's research into determining where a dust sample comes from based on the microbes present in it!

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Animals (and Plants) in a Microbial World

In this blog post (and fourth "Mu-Tube" video), I explore the idea that all animals and plants have evolved as part of a microbial world, and thus microbes are a part of us. I do this by having my undergraduate students explore two recently publications by Dr. Margaret McFall-Ngai,and recording... Read More

TWiV 360: From Southeastern Michigan

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Kathy Spindler

Guests:  Read More

Colonial Variation in Serratia marcescens

A common denizen of the undergraduate microbiology laboratory, Serratia marcescens is well known for the production of a bright red pigment, prodigiosin. Prodigiosin has been investigated over many years for its possible antimicrobial, antifungal, and even antitumor effects. Still, the relevan... Read More

MWV 98 - TWiM #113 Waves of Change

Vincent meets up with Romney Humphries and Duncan MacCannell at the 79th annual meeting of the Southern California branch of the American Society f... Read More

Bacteriophage Treatment Decontaminates Infant Formula

Washington, DC – October 23, 2015 - A phage showed strong anti-microbial activity against a type of food-borne bacterium that often kills infants after infecting them via infant formula. Phages are viruses that infect only bacteria. The research is published October 23 online in Applied and Envi... Read More

Plague infected humans much earlier than previously thought

Plague infections were common in humans 3,300 years earlier than the historical record suggests, reports a study published October 22 in Cell. By sequencing the DNA of tooth samples from Bronze Age individuals from Europe and Asia, the researchers discovered evidence of plague infections roughly... Read More


The days when antibiotics worked reliably and scientists could assume they worked directly—like popping a balloon—are fading. As resistance mounts, understanding how antibiotics really work could be the key to sustaining their efficacy. Read More

Colors of Superbug !

Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) isolated from animals. The organism was grown on seven different agar medium. On blood agar (Centre), it forms small to medium sized colonies surrounded by weak beta-hemolysis. It shows diverse types of color in different chromogenic medium- pin... Read More

TWiM #113: Waves of Change

Host: Vincent Racaniello

Special guests: Romney Humphries and Read More

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