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A Microbial Ocean Feast: Who Ate What?

Single-celled organisms called bacterioplankton spend their lives drifting in open ocean, visible to the naked eye only en masse. But don't be fooled by their slight size: These minuscule critters play a hefty role in the carbon cycle. Heterotrophic microbes, by some estimates, process half of t... Read More

Vaccinations are more effective when administered in the morning

New research from the University of Birmingham has shown that flu vaccinations are more effective when administered in the morning. Read More

Threat of novel swine flu viruses in pigs and humans

The wide diversity of flu in pigs across multiple continents, mostly introduced from humans, highlights the significant potential of new swine flu strains emerging, according to a study to be published in eLife. Read More

A 'tropical' parasitic disease emerges in the Canadian Arctic

Montreal, April 28, 2016 - An outbreak of an intestinal parasite common in the tropics, known as Cryptosporidium, has been identified for the first time in the Arctic. The discovery was made in Nunavik, Quebec, by a team from the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC... Read More

Sophisticated 'mini-brains' add to evidence of Zika's toll on fetal cortex

Studying a new type of pinhead-size, lab-grown brain made with technology first suggested by three high school students, Johns Hopkins researchers have confirmed a key way in which Zika virus causes microcephaly and other damage in fetal brains: by infecting specialized stem cells that build its... Read More

Structure and genome of Zika virus

Group: Group IV ((+) ssRNA)
Family: Flaviviridae
Genus: Flavivirus
Species: Zika virus

Structure of Zika Virus
•The virion is approximately 40 nm in diameter with surface projections that measure roughly 5-10 nm.
•Nucleocapsid is 25-30 nm in diameter surrounded by a host-membrane derive... Read More

Targeting the Gut Microbiome to Fight Heart Disease

Washington, DC – April 5, 2016 – A compound found in red wine, resveratrol, reduces the risk of heart disease by changing the gut microbiome, according to a new study by researchers from China. The study is published in mBio, an open-access journal published by the American Society for Microbiol... Read More

Unknown contaminant on Blood agar

Unknown contaminant, possible Bacillus spp, seen on an old blood agar plate that had been inoculated with Strep bovis. The plate had been incubated at 37 degree's C for 24 hrs then held at room temp for a week. One colony was mucoid with a brain like appearance the other being mucoid and smoo... Read More

Researchers Discover New Fish Virus that Threatens Global Tilapia Stocks

Washington, D.C.—April 5, 2016—An international team of researchers has identified a new virus that attacks wild and farmed tilipia, an important source of inexpensive protein for the world’s food supply. In work published this week in mBio, an online open-access journal of the American Society ... Read More

Unknown organism/Palm of hand print #2

Unknown organism, possible Bacillus spp, seen on finger of a hand print done on a 4th grade class. Organism was a mucoid beige/white color and rose up/mounded in the center. The edges were smooth with slight rhizoid like growth through out. TSA plates incubated at 37 degree's C for 24 hrs, left... Read More

For picture of the day consideration - Thomas O' Malley cat - microorganisms

Dear ASM,
It will be a great pleasure for me and my students if you can post on your Facebook page attached photos of Petri dish with microorganisms isolated during experimental practice for students of Basic Academic Study at the Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Chemistry, University of ... Read More

Endophytic Fungi Isolated from Musa spp.

This endophytic fungi was isolated from a Mussa spp. in Maricao, Puerto Rico, growing in Sabouraud Dextrose Agar. This fungi is actually used in a graduated student investigation. Read More

Unknown on palm of hand print

Unknown organism seen on the palm of a hand print. Organism was a light mat yellow color with a mounding/rhizoid growth. Organism grew up (3-D)c forming what looked like a basket. Plate were TSA incubated for 24 hrs at 37 degree's C, then 3 days at room temp and held at refrigerated temperat... Read More

PGPR under Biotic & Abiotic

Pseudomonas spp. isolate producing Hydrogen Cyanide under drought stress and is inhibiting Fusarium oxysporium under drought stress condition. Read More

Unknown Organism on handprint

Unknown organism, possible Bacillus spp, seen on finger of a hand print done on a 4th grade class. TSA plates incubated at 37 degree's C for 24 hrs, left at room temp for 3 days then held at refrigerated temperatures. Read More

Unknown contaminant on Blood agar close up #2

Unknown contaminant, possible Bacillus spp, seen on an old blood agar plate that had been inoculated with Strep bovis. The plate had been incubated at 37 degree's C for 24 hrs then held at room temp for a week. One colony was mucoid with a brain like appearance the other being mucoid and smooth ... Read More

Unknown contaminant on Blood agar close up

Unknown contaminant, possible Bacillus spp, seen on an old blood agar plate that had been inoculated with Strep bovis. The plate had been incubated at 37 degree's C for 24 hrs then held at room temp for a week. One colony was mucoid with a brain like appearance the other being mucoid and smooth ... Read More

Dengue fever's economic 'bite' estimated in Lancet Infectious Disease article

In keeping with the Schneider Institutes for Health Policy's (SIHP) mandate to inform health policy through rigorous economic analyses, a group of SIHP health economists at Brandeis University's Heller School for Social Policy and Management has published a comprehensive assessment of the econom... Read More

Comammox Nitrospira is the dominant bacterium in a drinking water production system

For the last century, nitrification was assumed to be a two-step process executed by two different functional groups, ammonia oxidizing prokaryotes and nitrite oxidizing bacteria. Recently, it was discovered the capability of a single microorganism (belonging to the Nitrospira genus) to carry ou... Read More

Zika virus in 3D

On this space-filling image of the Zika virus particle, you can clearly see the five, three, and two-fold axes of symmetry formed by the viral E glycoprotein. Viral glycoproteins, which are embedded in membranes, are typically not ordered in this way - exceptions include flaviviruses and togavir... Read More
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