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Bacteria could be rich source for making terpenes

If you've ever enjoyed the scent of a pine forest or sniffed a freshly cut basil leaf, then you're familiar with terpenes. The compounds are responsible for the essential oils of plants and the resins of trees. Since the discovery of terpenes more than 150 years ago, scientists have isolated som... Read More

"Which Vein to Pic"


Staphylococcus aureus (pink), Staphylococcus saprophyticus (white) and Enterococcus faecalis (blue) are all normal flora on human skin. These three organisms normally live on skin and rarely cause infection unless presented to an open wound. Staphylococcus aureus and Enterococ... Read More

Enterobacteria deposited with rain

Created by: Caroline L. Monteil, PhD
Isolates: Two strains enterobacteria isolated from rain and mixed together.
Agar: Eosine Methylene Blue Agar
Incubation Conditions: 48 hours at 20°C

This drawing was done in the Pr. Vinatzer lab at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA. Read More

Molecule hijacks enzyme to boost alcohol metabolism

An experimental compound empowers an enzyme to help process acetaldehyde, a toxic metabolite of alcohol, according to new research supported by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). The findings, now online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), ... Read More


This is my video to participate to the ASM Global Video Challenge. It explains that bacteriophages, which are viruses specifically targeting bacteria, are not dangerous for humans. The myth that all viruses are dangerous for human is broken! This myth is often encountered in the growing field of... Read More

New age of genome editing could lead to cure for sickle cell anemia

UNSW Australia researchers have shown that changing just a single letter of the DNA of human red blood cells in the laboratory increases their production of oxygen-carrying haemoglobin - a world-first advance that could lead to a cure for sickle cell anaemia and other blood disorders. Read More

Sand Dollar

Using E.coli B strains from NEB (C2566) expressing various chromogenic proteins, the artist Maria Penil was inspired by sand dollars she has seen at her walks off the coast of New England. She grows her painting for two days at 30C then seals her work in epoxy, which surprisingly doesnt kill al... Read More

Immune cells proposed as HIV hideout don't last in primate model

Where does HIV hide? Antiretroviral drugs can usually control the virus, but can’t completely eliminate it. So any strategy to eradicate HIV from the body has to take into account not only the main group of immune cells the virus targets, called CD4 or helper T cells, but other infected cells as... Read More


The artist Maria Penil was inspired by biological shapes and underwater plants for this work. Her care and passion can be seen, as she took a long time to paint with yellow Nesterenkonia, orange Deinococcus and Sphingomonas for this work. This resulted in some contamination, which Maria comment... Read More

Genome sequencing traces MRSA spread in high transmission setting

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus is a common cause of hospital-acquired infections, with the largest burden of infections occurring in under-resourced hospitals. While genome sequencing has previously been applied in well-resourced clinical settings to track the spread of MRSA, transm... Read More

St. Louis at Sunset #agarart2015

BBL’s CHROMagar Orientation agar is the canvas for this piece of agar art. Chromogens in the agar release a colored compound when hydrolyzed by specific enzymes allowing certain bacteria to appear different colors on it. The white color is Acinetobacter baumanii, an opportunistic bacterium that... Read More

Cells ‘feel’ their surroundings using finger-like structures

Cells have finger-like projections that they use to feel their surroundings. They can detect the chemical environment and they can ‘feel’ their physical surroundings using ultrasensitive sensors. New research from the Niels Bohr Institute shows how the finger-like structures, called filopodia ca... Read More

Bacteria are wishing you a Merry Xmas

A bacterium has been used to wish people a Merry Xmas. Grown by Dr Munehiro Asally, an Assistant Professor at the University of Warwick, the letters used to spell MERRY XMAS are made of Bacillus subtilis, a non-pathogenic bacterium which is found in soil and also human gut.
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Genome sequenced of enterovirus D68 circulating in St. Louis

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have sequenced the genome of enterovirus D68 sampled from patients treated at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. Nationwide, the virus has spread rapidly in recent months and caused severe respiratory illness in young children, wit... Read More

Rust preserves fossils from early Earth

Since life originated on Earth between 3.8 and 3.9 Ga ago, microorganisms have significantly shaped and influenced the chemistry of Earth’s surface and subsurface environments. Reconstructing the evolution of early microbial life depends mainly on finding organic and mineral remnants of microbia... Read More

Q&A: Seth Mnookin on vaccination and public health

Seth Mnookin, an assistant professor of science writing and associate director of MIT's Graduate Program in Science Writing, is the author of "The Panic Virus: The True Story Behind the Vaccine-Autism Controversy", an acclaimed book that examines how inaccurate scientific reports linking vaccine... Read More

"Whooo's Got to Poo"


Salmonella species often causes diarhhea and is easily contracted from undercooked meat. While the symptoms are uncomfortable, the Salmonella infection is self-limiting; resolving on its own in 4-7 days.

The black outline of the owl is the result of H2S, Hydrogen Sulfide, w... Read More

Life on a Pig's Skin

How frequently do microbes exchange genes when living on a host? This question has been on my mind lately. Broadly speaking, the discovery of horizontal gene transfer (HGT) revolutionized the way we think about prokaryotic evolution. No more could we think only of inheritance via vertical descen... Read More

ASM GM 2015 - Prevalence of Streptococcus mutans serotype k in American School Children


Presenters discuss prevalence of a recently discovered serotype of oral bacterium, with a possible link to a number of systemic diseases that was found for the first time in a small cohort of African-American schoolchildren in a southwest Alabama town.

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How llamas' unusual antibodies might help in the fight against HIV/AIDS

Most vaccines work by inducing an immune response characterized by neutralizing antibodies against the respective pathogen. An effective HIV vaccine has remained elusive so far, but researchers have continued to make progress, often employing innovative methods. A new study reports that a combin... Read More
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