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Cell in Love

Happy Valentine's day!
Love is scientifically proven! Look to this microscope picture I took of my heart-shaped HaCaT cell in love with Staphylococcus aureus !
Even our microscopic cells need love.. and so we do! Read More

Sunlight or bacteria? Scientists investigate what breaks down permafrost carbon

A Florida State University researcher is delving into the complexities of exactly how permafrost thawing in the Earth’s most northern regions is cycling back into the atmosphere as carbon dioxide and further fueling climate change.

Answer: It has a lot to do with tiny little bugs called micro... Read More

Microbiomes more in flux in patients with inflammatory bowel disease

Patients with inflammatory bowel disease are more likely to see dramatic shifts in the make-up of the community of microbes in their gut than healthy people, according to the results of a study published online Feb. 13 in Nature Microbiology.

While scientists have known that there are differe... Read More

Disease “superspreaders” were driving cause of 2014 Ebola epidemic

A new study about the overwhelming importance of “superspreaders” in some infectious disease epidemics has shown that in the catastrophic 2014-15 Ebola epidemic in West Africa, about 3 percent of the people infected were ultimately responsible for infecting 61 percent of all cases.

The issue ... Read More

Researchers unravel how ticks protect themselves from Lyme bacteria and other microbes

Everyone agrees that ticks are exceedingly nasty creatures. For hundreds of millions of years, they have survived on Earth by sucking blood from their victims for days, often leaving behind terrible diseases as a thank-you note. In humans, these diseases include many unpleasant and dangerous ill... Read More

ASM celebrates women in the microbial sciences

February 11th was the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, which recognizes “the critical role women and girls play in science and technology.” The United Nations (UN) General Assembly only recently established an annual international day in December 2015 to promote gender equality, ... Read More

Happy Microbial Valentines' Day!

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

Microbial polyesterase genes may help sustainable textile biodegradation

Good news for sustainable textiles of the future was announced in a recent Applied and Environmental Microbiology report that described the discovery of microbial polyesterase genes. The study described the discovery and characterization of new enzymes from microbial communities associated with ... Read More

BacterioFiles 286 - Prokaryote Prevents Pregnancy Pathogen

This episode: Bacteria in mosquito cells can block transmission of Zika virus!


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TWiV 428: Lyse globally, protect locally

The TWiVsters explain how superspreader bacteriophages release intact DNA from infected cells, and the role of astrocytes in protecting the cerebellum from virus infection.


Hosts: Vincent Racaniel... Read More

Shoe Swab III

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 shooting through the agar to see the un... 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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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

#microMOOCSEM2: Twitter as a tool to knock down walls and build bridges

The second edition of microMOOCSEM, the massive online open microbiology course by Twitter supported by the Spanish Society for Microbiology (SEM), will star on March 7. Twitter can be a weapon of mass destruction, but we are going to show again that this social network is an excellent tool for ... Read More

TWiM #145: Anything but Academic

Vincent meets up with Catharine Bosio, Michael Merchlinsky, and Shilpa Gadwal at the ASM Biothreats meeting to talk about careers for scientists outside of the ivory tower.


Host: Vincent Racaniello


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Melioidosis: The Most Neglected Tropical Disease

The ASM Biothreats conference covers preparation for, handling during, and analysis of infectious disease outbreaks, and includes session on research, response, and policies on biological threats and emerging infectious diseases. Most sessions cover broad topics such as emergency preparedness, v... Read More

Create a masterpiece with your favorite microbes!

ASM's Agar Art 2017 contest is now open for submissions! Since 2015, Agar Art has provided an outlet for the creativity of ASM members and publically showcased the fun and diverse world of microbes. The contest has been covered by media outlets ranging from Discovery to BBC News.

Enter by su... 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

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
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