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Risk of Ross River Virus global epidemic

Australia’s Ross River Virus (RRV) could be the next mosquito-borne global epidemic according to a new research study led by the University of Adelaide and The Australian National University.

The virus has been thought to be restricted largely to Australia and Papua New Guinea where it is har... Read More

‘Smart’ bacteria remodel their genes to infect our intestines

Infectious diarrhea, a common disease of children, is responsible for over 2 million infant deaths annually in developing counties alone. A primary cause of this and other devastating conditions is enteropathogenic bacteria, which attack the intestinal tract when contaminated food is consumed.
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Shoe Swab

At the start of each semester students do environmental swabs. This was a swab taken form the bottom of a shoe incubated for 48 hrs at 37 degrees C then held at room temp for 48 hrss then held at refrigerated temp's. Seen is a yellow matt colony with a cup like mounding and rhizoid (brain like... Read More

Beautiful Bacillus

At the start of each semester students do environmental swabs. This was a swab taken form the bottom of a shoe incubated for 48 hrs at 37 degrees C then held at room temp for 48 hrs then held at refrigerated temp's. Seen is a beige matt colony, rhizoid and raised in the center edges fuzzy (not s... Read More

Shoe Swab II

This was a swab taken form the bottom of a shoe incubated for 48 hrs at 37 degrees C then held at room temp for 48 hrs then held at refrigerated temp's. Colony was yellow with rhizoid raised growth with a mat appearance. Image taken using transmitted light. Read More

New Device Could Rapidly Detect Zika Virus at Airports

About the size of a tablet, a portable device that could be used in a host of environments like a busy airport or even a remote location in South America, may hold the key to detecting the dreaded Zika virus accurately, rapidly and inexpensively using just a saliva sample. While scientists acro... Read More

Lichen

Lichen ( possible Parmelia spp) seen growing on a wooden fence rail after weeks of heavy flooding rains in the hills of Santa Cruz, Ca. Read More

TWiM #146: Viral arbitrium

Vincent, Elio and Michael discuss the finding of a prion in bacteria, and how communication between bacteria guides the decision between lysis and lysogeny.


Hosts Vincent Racaniello Read More

Shoe Imprint Mix II

Imprint of a tennis shoe done on a large TSA plate, grown for 24 hrs at 37 degrees C, held at room temp for 48 hrs then stored in the refrigerator. Interesting mix of a variety of bacteria (Bacillus spp) and possible yeast.
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Happy Microbial Valentines' Day!

In this post from my education/microbiology blog, I share some "luminous art" related to Valentines' Day. Read More

Shoe Swab

This was a swab taken form the bottom of a shoe incubated for 48 hrs at 37 degrees C then held at room temp for 48 hrs then held at refrigerated temp's. Colony was yellow with rhizoid raised growth with a mat appearance. Read More

Colorful Handrail Swab

Swab taken of the wooden handrail outside the classroom. Incubated on TSA for 24 hrs, room temp for 48hrs the held at refrigerated temperatures. Color developed once the plate was held in the refrigerator and colonies continued to grow. Several yellow circular mucoid colonies as well as an oran... Read More

Geomicrobiology

Hello Everyone,
While teaching geomicrobiology to Undergraduate student i found some strange and intersting view regarding the topic.

Excerpts from the topic

"But when I came to 2nd part, explaining microorganism, this was the part which left me most confused and should I say most star... Read More

SHoe imprint mix

Imprint of a tennis shoe done on a large TSA plate, grown for 24 hrs at 37 degrees C, held at room temp for 48 hrs then stored in the refrigerator. Interesting mix of a variety of bacteria (Bacillus spp) and possible yeast. Read More

Shoe Imprint II

Imprint of a tennis shoe done on a large TSA plate, grown for 24 hrs at 37 degrees C, held at room temp for 48 hrs then stored in the refrigerator. Colony (possible Bacillus spp or yeast) was mucoid with rhizoid raised growth, lobate edges. Image taken using transmitted light. Read More

Handrail swab

Swab taken of the wooden handrail outside the classroom. Incubated on TSA for 24 hrs, room temp for 48hrs the held at refrigerated temperatures. Beige colony was mucoid in the center with some rhizoid features, mat and spreading around the outside, possible Bacillus spp or yeast. Read More

Shoe Imprint

Imprint of a tennis shoe done on a large TSA plate, grown for 24 hrs at 37 degrees C, held at room temp for 48 hrs then stored in the refrigerator. Colony (possible Bacillus spp or yeast) was mucoid with rhizoid raised growth, lobate edges. Read More

TWiV 430: The persistence of herpesvirus

The TWiX cabal discuss sexual transmission of Zika virus in mice, and how immune escape enables herpes simplex virus escape from latency.


Hosts: Vincent Racaniello Read More

BacterioFiles 288 - Caulobacter's Copper Coping Capabilities

This episode: Some bacterial species use multiple strategies within a single population to deal with environmental challenges!


(8.9 MB, 9.7 minutes)


Show notes: 


Journal Paper:

Lawarée E, Gillet S, Louis G, Tilqui... Read More

Track Your Science at Microbe 2017

How can you pinpoint the related presentations and poster sessions among the amazing basic, applied, and clinical microbial science research represented at the conference? The Scientific Tracks at Microbe are designed to help organize the amazing science presented at the meeting. We spoke with t... Read More
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