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Serratia flowers

Serratia marcescens can form brilliant red colonies on LB agar due to the synthesis of the secondary metabolite prodigiosin. In the Microbiology teaching lab, we had students create pigment mutants of S. marcescens and these lovely shades of pink and white were collected for analysis. Read More

Surfwear founder’s charity backs UQ researcher in superbug war

A University of Queensland researcher waging a war on antibiotic-resistant bacteria has been awarded a $360,000 fellowship from a charitable foundation established by the businessman who founded the Billabong surfwear company. Read More

HIV can spread early, evolve in patients' brains

The AIDS virus can genetically evolve and independently replicate in patients' brains early in the illness process, researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health have discovered. An analysis of cerebral spinal fluid (CSF), a window into brain chemical activity, revealed that for a subs... Read More

Out of a pickle

For centuries - millenia even - people have learned to harness the power of microbes such as bacteria, yeasts, and other fungi for the purpose of improving the quality of foods. Some have been employed (accidentally or intentionally) to enhance flavor (i.e. cheeses, breads) while others have be... Read More

E. coli design on MacConkey

These are two harmless lab strains of E. coli. One can ferment the sugar lactose into acidic byproducts and the other cannot. MacConkey media contains an indicator dye that turns from red to yellow when the pH is raised. The four pink streaks were drawn with a culture of the lactose fermenter (t... Read More

A protein platform for priming

The enzymes that make copies of the DNA or RNA genomes of viruses – nucleic acid polymerases – can be placed into two broad categories depending on whether or not they require a primer, a short piece of DNA or RNA, to get going. The structure of the primer-independent RNA polymerase of hepatitis... Read More

Common Parasite Could Manipulate Our Behavior

Look what the cat dragged in! The parasite Toxoplasma gondii, a common protozoan transmitted by cats, can effect mammalian brain cells in strange ways. In rodents, the parasite has been shown to inhibit fear and actually attract them to the smell of cat urine. Humans can be infected through c... Read More

Harmless bacteria may be helpful against meningococcal outbreaks

Nasal drops of harmless bacteria can inhibit a related bug that sometimes causes meningococcal disease, according to new findings published online in Clinical Infectious Diseases. The study--conducted among college students, a group at higher risk for this often serious illness--suggests a new a... Read More

I am the bacterium that lives in your intestine

Feeling lonely! Just remember you are not alone. A huge number of bacteria live in your body, and most of them are in your intestine. But you do not need to be worried about it, because they will not hurt you in a normal situation. In fact, the relation between humans and their microbiota is an... Read More

Why some HPV infections go away and others become cancer

For people infected with the human papilloma virus (HPV), the likelihood of clearing the infection and avoiding HPV-related cancer may depend less on the body's disease-fighting arsenal than has been generally assumed. Read More

Cytomegalovirus hijacks human enzyme for replication

Researchers at Princeton have discovered that cytomegalovirus manipulates a process called fatty acid elongation, which makes the very-long-chain fatty acids necessary for virus replication. Published in the journal Cell Reports on March 3, the research team identified a specific human enzyme--e... Read More

Happy World TB Day!

Happy World TB Day! Happy because, today in 1882, notable Microbiologist Robert Koch announced his discovery of the culprit bacteria that causes tuberculosis. This photo is a Zeihl-Neelsen stain of bronchial lavage (1000x). The pink/red is the mycobacteria, and the blue/purple is background.
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Streptococcus pyogenes Bacitracin Test

Growth Inhibition of Streptococcus pyogenes by Bacitracin. Streptococcus pyogenes is sensitive to bacitracin and will not grow around the antibiotic-containing disc. The other beta hemolytic streptococci are not sensitive to bacitracin. Isolated of Beatrice Rogolino M.Sc - photo Francesco d'Aleo... Read More

MWV95 - The Power of Fungal Genetics

Final Cover ImageASM's Cultures magazine traveled to Colombia to speak ... Read More

STOP SUPERBUGS BY TURNING UP THE HEAT

U. MINNESOTA (US) — One effective way to fight the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, known as “superbugs,” may be to treat municipal wastewater solids at higher temperatures. Heating the solid waste to 130 degrees Fahrenheit (55 degrees Celsius) was particularly effective in eliminating ... Read More

Smut, but the Safe For Work Kind, unless you work with plants....

So I told ccondayan I would post something lewd to MicrobeWorld (who probably thought I was joking). And what could be more lewd than genuine smut? Of course, since this is MicrobeWorld, I'm posting about the group of fungal plant pathogens referred to as smut. When I worked in a plant pathol... Read More

Comparing the genomes of the leprosy bacteria

Leprosy is a chronic infection of the skin, peripheral nerves, eyes and mucosa of the upper respiratory tract, affecting over a quarter million people worldwide. Its symptoms can be gruesome and devastating, as the bacteria reduce sensitivity in the body, resulting in skin lesions, nerve damage ... Read More

Skin microbiome may hold answers to protect threatened gold frogs from lethal fungus

A team of scientists including Virginia Tech researchers is one step closer to understanding how bacteria on a frog's skin affects its likelihood of contracting disease. Read More

Cattle-killer: Two parasites are better than one

When calves are infected by two parasite species at the same time, one parasite renders the other far less deadly, according to a new study published in the current journal of Science Advances Read More

Chlorine use in sewage treatment could promote antibiotic resistance

Chlorine, a disinfectant commonly used in most wastewater treatment plants, may be failing to completely eliminate pharmaceuticals from wastes. As a result, trace levels of these substances get discharged from the plants to the nation's waterways. And now, scientists are reporting preliminary st... Read More
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