This picture depicts that microbes too can add colours to life. As the beginning of a New Year adds colour to life. This agar art shows how microbes like Serratia marcescens, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Staphylococcus Citrus add to happiness of new year. Read More
This blog post describes a "video meeting" between Seth Bordenstein and my freshman writing class in the Fall of 2014. My freshman class revolved around ideas in symbioses and parasitism, so Seth's ideas regarding holobionts and the hologenome were particularly apt. Furthermore, last week Seth... Read More
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
Yeast extract-mannitol agar (YMA), with the pH indicator bromothymol blue (BTB), is the medium used for rhizobia isolation and characterization.
In this pic, one Bradyrhizobium strain isolated from cowpea root nodule in Brazil showing a "white pearly colony" Read More
BOC Sciences-Drug resistance has always been one of the issues that scientists work hard to find ways out for better diseases treatment, as it hinders many drugs that were developed with much effort from taking effect in the body. And till now, there is little known about the formation of antibi... Read More
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
LA JOLLA, CA - August 24, 2015 - Scientists from The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) and the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) have found a way to induce antibodies to fight a wide range of influenza subtypes--work that could one day eliminate the need for repeate... Read More
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
More than a cause of a simple infection, viruses are often involved in the development of serious diseases. Such is the case with liver cancer, which often develops in an organ that has been weakened by hepatitis B or C virus. Researchers at Inserm, the Paris Public Hospitals (AP-HP), Paris Desc... Read More
Compared with routine medical care, probiotics administered to critically ill patients in intensive care units showed no benefit in preventing the colonization of drug-resistant microbes in the intestinal tract, according to new research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Read More
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
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
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
Researchers led by the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health examined HIV testing trends among adults ages 50 through 64 both before and after 2006, when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended that most doctors automatically screen all patients for HIV regardless of whe... Read More
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
Researchers from the Gladstone Institutes have revealed that HIV does not cause AIDS by the virus's direct effect on the host's immune cells, but rather through the cells' lethal influence on one another. Read More
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