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Final Student Thoughts From My MIcrobiology Course

Today was the last day of my microbiology course at the University of Puget Sound. So I thought it appropriate for students to tell me the single "coolest" thing they learned in my course. Read More

Close up BEA Contaminant

Close up of a single colony or an unknown contaminant (yeast?) on BEA agar after 1 month in the refrigerator. Looks like there was moisture on the plate as the colonies grew in a drip like pattern. Colonies were mucoid salmon red in color with yellow pin point circular growths growing in through... Read More

Unknown contaminant on BEA

Unknown contaminant (yeast?) on BEA agar after 1 month in the refrigerator. Looks like there was moisture on the plate as the colonies grew in a drip like pattern. Colonies were mucoid salmon red in color with yellow pin point circular growths growing in through out. The edges of the colonies... Read More

TWiP 122: If the thunder don't get you, the lightning will

The TWiPniks docs solve the case of the Female from Peru with Epistaxis, and discuss the effect of community deworming on immunosuppression.


Hosts: Vincent Racaniello Read More

Green Fungal Contaminant on BEA

Colonies of a green fungal contaminant, presumable airborne, on BEA agar after 1 month in the refrigerator. Green spore formation can be seen throughout the circular colonies. Read More

Ban on triclosan shows need for new chemicals to demonstrate efficacy and safety

A new commentary from Patrick McNamara and Stuart Levy cautions that the Food and Drug Administration’s ban on triclosan and 18 other biocidal chemicals that promote antibiotic resistance is only a starting point. Triclosan’s long-term impact, as well as the risks substitute chemicals may pose, ... Read More

Unlocking cryptic Strepomyces genes in the search for potential new antibiotics

Actinobacteria are the bacterial phylum responsible for production of many clinically-relevant antibacterial compounds. Streptomyces is a soil-dwelling genus of actinobacteria that produces drugs like neomycin and chloramphenicol. Despite deriving many antibiotics already from Streptomyces, coul... Read More

Fungal contaminant on BEA

Fungal like contaminant, presumably air borne, on BEA media after 1 month in the refrigerator. Mucoid mounding beige center with a hairlike circular border. Read More

UTMB researchers find how Ebola disables the immune system

A new study at The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston sheds light on how Ebola so effectively disables the human immune system.

Virologist Alex Bukreyev, UTMB professor and senior author of the study, said the research team engineered versions of the Ebola virus in order to study... Read More

How our immune system targets TB

Every 18 seconds someone dies from tuberculosis - it is the world’s most deadly infectious disease.

Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the causative agent of tuberculosis (TB), has infected more than one-third of the human population with an annual death toll of approximately 1.5 million people.

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"The Good and Bad of Lab Automation"

I am talking here specifically about automation of the bacterial culture process, using Kiestra TLA (installed in my own lab early 2016), Copan WASP, etc. A useful bullet point summary for those who are considering a business case for their own laboratory. Read More

"Too much knowledge..."

Are we, as microbiologists, getting too clever? Is our increasing theoretical knowledge actually hindering us in our goal of effective and realistic antimicrobial stewardship? Read this article to find out more! Read More

Media Contaminant

Contaminant (yeast?) found on TSA after several months in the refrigerator. The larger colony was circular, mat with concentric rings with a smaller more mucoid yellow growth just off center. Read More
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