This plate contains Streptomyces coelicolor and two Actinomyces recently isolated from the soil. Actinomyces are well known for their production of secondary metabolites, among which antibiotics and anti-tumour agents. This plate shows grey and pink Actinomyces with a very dark br... Read More
Methylobacterium aquaticum strain NO00 (KR920749) grown over rice grain. It can produce phytohormones and other beneficial metabolites for the plant. M. aquaticum is a plant growth promoting (PGP) bacteria". Its pink-biofilm, can help with water-stress and protect the plant against pathogens. Read More
Chronic wasting disease is a prion disease of cervids (deer, elk, moose) that is potentially a threat to human health. A role for environmental prion contamination in transmission is supported by the finding that plants can take up prions from the soil and transmit them to animals. Read More
This portrait was designed using the natural pigments found in local environmental microbial isolates to depict a student's image. A senior, working on her year long thesis and in my upper level microbiology elective, created this portrait (which is beautifully accurate) and attached it to her f... Read More
(BOSTON) - Antibiotics are the mainstay in the treatment of bacterial infections, and together with vaccines, have enabled the near eradication of infectious diseases like tuberculosis, at least in developed countries. However, the overuse of antibiotics has also led to an alarming rise in resis... Read More
Some strains of multidrug resistant tuberculosis (MDRTB) may have a lower fitness (be less capable of spreading) than drug-susceptible tuberculosis bacteria, according to a study published this week in PLOS Medicine. The study, conducted by Louis Grandjean of Imperial College London, and colleag... Read More
It’s no secret that the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is investing heavily in genetic engineering and synthetic biology. Whether that excites or terrifies you depends on how you feel about the military engineering totally new life forms. If you’re in the excitement camp, however, her... Read More
This is a m endo agar, green part is made with E.coli and the red part was with P.aeruginosa. This was a special gift I made for my lab co worker as part of our celebration of microbiologist week in PR. Read More
Whooping cough has made an astonishing comeback, with 2012 seeing nearly 50,000 infections in the U.S. (the most since 1955), and a death rate in infants three times that of the rest of the population. The dramatic resurgence has puzzled public health officials, who have pointed to the waning ef... Read More
The 2014 outbreak of Ebola virus disease, the worst since the disease first appeared in 1976, has claimed more than 11,000 lives in the West African nations of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, and a handful more in nearby Nigeria and Mali. Read More
The rich array of microbiota in our intestines can tell us more than you might think.
When Mark Lyte (Texas Tech U) began his work on the link between microbes and the brain three decades ago, it was dismissed as a curiosity. By contrast, last September, the National Institute of Mental Healt... Read More
Our sensitivity instruments rarely ever go down, but when they do our lab uses Kirby-Bauer testing to perform antimicrobial susceptibility testing in our laboratory. This testing involves placing antibiotic-infused discs on a standardized inoculum of bacteria spread in a lawn onto a Mueller Hint... Read More
New Vanderbilt-led research shows hospitals are doing a better job of using antibiotics less commonly associated with antibiotic resistance to treat children hospitalized with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP). Read More
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- A Purdue University-led team of researchers studying the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, have found molecules that shut down the activity of an essential enzyme in the virus and could lead the way to better treatments for those infected. Read More
In 2011, the NIH Clinical Center had a cluster of infections of a pathogen that tops the CDC's list of urgent threats: antibiotic-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae. This bacteria, which can cause bloodstream and other infections, has recently developed resistance to the class of antibiotics kno... Read More
A new study from the Forsyth Institute is helping to shed light on latent tuberculosis and the bacteria's ability to hide in stem cells. Some bone marrow stem cells reside in low oxygen (hypoxia) zones. These specialized zones are secured as immune cells and toxic chemicals cannot reach this zon... Read More
Recent scientific research studies confirm the potential of turmeric curcumin as a vaccine for Ebola virus disease. A review of the studies was published in the International Journal of Experimental and Clinical Pathophysiology and Drug Research in February 2015.
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This episode: Parasitoid wasps spread helpful bacterial symbionts between their whitefly prey!
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