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"Never Really Alone" with Margaret McFall-Ngai

Last Fall, the great Dr. Margaret McFall-Ngai "virtually visited" my freshman writing class at the University of Puget Sound to discuss symbiosis and Microbial Supremacy with my new students. I had my students read some papers by Dr. McFall-Ngai (including the wonderful "Animals in a Microbial ... Read More

New Data on RVX-28’s Function in Reducing CVD Risk Was Presented At ESC Congress This Year

BOC Sciences-Dr. Norman Wong, a scientific chief officer from Resverlogix Corp. made a presentation at the ESC Congress 2015 on RVX-28 inhibitor, functioning on lowering the CVD risk, in which new data were presented to further enhance the mechanism of RVX-28 on the reduction of CVD risk in adve... Read More

Serratia in liquid culture

This is a picture of Serratia marcescens cultures grown overnight in LB at 25 degrees C. The one on the left shows the dark pink pigment that is produced by wild type strains. The ones in the middle and on the right are pigment mutants of S. marcescens created by transposon mutagenesis. Read More

Shelves and mentors

When I became Peter Palese’s first Ph.D. student in 1976, his laboratory at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York City was in dire need of shelves. The laboratory benches (pictured) had no room for storing the many bottles of reagents that I was beginning to generate. Read More

Interesting morphology on finger tip

Close up of an unwashed finger, print done by a student. The student later informed me that part of his job in the morning was feeding chickens on the farm. Read More

Harvest Season

Saccharomyces cerevisiae is a species of yeast. It is the active agent responsible for our most basic foods - bread, wine, and beer since ancient civilizations. It has been long since humans have tried to understand how to make them more productive. However, it was not until the Genomic Era that... Read More

The surprise of Petri

Xylose lysine deoxycholate agar (XLD agar) is a selective growth medium used for control in samples from water or food.

Salmonella and Shigela: red to pink colonies, some with black centers
Coliforms: yellow to orange colonies. Read More

Self portrait

As part of my micro QC, I test newly purchased TSA plates with +control and sterility. This happens to be a picture of me with safety glasses on. #labselfie #bioart #agarart2015 #staphrocks Read More

Colorful cluster of Bacteria

Colorful cluster of bacteria seen on a palm print. Possible Bacillus, Staph, Micrococcus, Serratia and yeast. Read More

TWiV 352: Science art with Michele Banks

Host: Vincent Racaniello


Guest: Michele Banks


Vincent meets up with Michele Banks in Wash... Read More

"Never Really Alone" with Rob Dunn

As part of my freshman writing seminar in the Fall of 2014, I was fortunate to have a number of fascinating experts in symbioses and parasitism be willing to "televisit" my students. Here is Dr. Rob Dunn of North Carolina State University, discussing his laboratory's work with Demodex face mite... Read More

Lyme disease testing: Canadians may receive false-positives from some US labs

Lyme disease is becoming increasingly common in Canada, and Canadians with Lyme disease symptoms may seek diagnoses from laboratories in the United States, although many of the results will be false-positives, according to a commentary in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). Read More

The Market of Medical Polymer Will Increase to $17 Billion by 2020 from 2014

With good performance in medical field, the globe market of polymer is expected to grow by 8.4% mainly in medical devices and packaging in a 6-year period from 2014-2020. Read More

The Violet Louis Pasteur #agarart2015

The portrait of Louis Pasteur was drawn with Chromobacterium violaceum on Muller Hinton agar. Chromobacterium violaceum is a gram negative bacillus which is motile and a facultative anaerobe. These species are common inhabitants of the environment but occasionally can cause infections in animals... Read More

Probiotics show no impact preventing gastrointestinal colonization with drug-resistant bugs

Probiotics show no benefit for preventing or eliminating gastrointestinal colonization with drug-resistant organisms in patients in the intensive care unit compared to standard care, according to new research published online today in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, the journal of the... Read More

Vincent van Gogh's "The Starry Night" #agarart2015

While not original art, it’s still a fun piece. 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 brown color is Proteus... Read More

How do scientists achieve stem cells differentiation?

Stem cells are extraordinary cells, capable of both self-renewal and differentiation to mature somatic cells in vivo and in vitro and they have many features and advantages which could revolutionize drug development and healthcare applications. To know more: http://blog.creative-bioarray.com/how... Read More

The wild garden of the gut bacteria

The bacterial community that lives in our gut have been compared to a ‘garden’, a complex ecosystem where diversity of bacteria is healthy, desirable and beautiful. This piece is created using gut bacteria in organic, botanical motifs, to represent this garden. It’s meant to be a motif with an e... Read More

NYC Biome MAP

Microorganisms reside everywhere, yet they are too small to be seen with the human eye. New York City (NYC) is a melting pot of cultures - both human and microbial - and every citizen has a personalized microbiome. Collectively, we shape NYC’s microbiome by our lifestyle choices, and this unseen... Read More

#AGARART2015

A Moderately selective differential media, Hektoen is being used in the isolation Gram negative enteric pathogens ,Particularly Salmonella and Shigella.Bile salts inhibits Gram positive and some non-pathogenic Gram negative organisms making the media partially selective.Lactose,sucrose and sali... Read More
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