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Freshman Symbiosis Course and Jack Gilbert!

As my Fall semester approaches, I am reflecting on last Fall. I taught a freshman seminar course revolving around symbioses and parasitism, and was fortunate to have many well known scientists be willing to "virtually visit" my class! Here is my report from last year on the great Jack Gilbert.... Read More

Mining Marine Microbes for New Drugs

This slideshow outlines the work of WHOI scientists Tracy Mincer and Kristen Whalen in the quest to beat antibiotic resistance through bioprospecting in the ocean. Read More

A Green Thumb for Ocean Microbes

MIT-WHOI Graduate student Kristen Hunter-Cevera describes the challenges and obstacles involved with growing marine microbes (in her case, Synechococcus) in a laboratory setting, and outlines the value of her research in understanding marine biogeochemistry. Read More

Beautiful Colors of Bacteria

Beautiful colors of bacterial species Read More

Lingering lymphocytes lash out against Leishmania

Immune cells that hang around after parasitic skin infection help ward off secondary attack, according to a study in The Journal of Experimental Medicine. These skin squatters may prove to be the key to successful anti-parasite vaccines. Read More

Malaria's key to the liver uncovered

Scientists uncover a port of liver entry for malaria parasites in a report published in The Journal of Experimental Medicine. If these results hold up in humans, drugs that target this entry protein might help prevent the spread of disease. Read More

Agar Double Helix

Inspired by the current Agar Art Contest and the gorgeous red of a recently isolated Serratia, I thought I'd try out my first bacteria "sketch." Using Serratia, Citrobacter, and an E. coli on Hektoen Agar I whipped up this goey DNA double helix! Read More


Scientists have engineered yeast cells that can “talk” to one another using a versatile plant hormone called auxin.

Typically, these simple fungal cells (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) usually do their jobs—making bread rise or converting sugar into alcohol—without having to communicate or work to... Read More

Why West Nile virus is more dangerous in the elderly

West Nile virus (WNV) is particularly dangerous in older people, who account for a large number of severe cases and deaths caused by the virus. WNV infection turns serious when the virus crosses the blood-brain-barrier and wreaks havoc among nerve cells in the brain. A study published on July 23... Read More

Lovely Rose

Serratia marcescens, Chromobacterium violeceum and Pseudomonas aeruginosa - what a romantic combination on Mueller Hinton II agar. All 3 organisms exhibit different pigment, Red, Purple and Green respectively on MHII agar, makes our daily routine of interpreting disk diffusion more interesting. Read More

It takes a village... to ward off dangerous infections? New microbiome research suggests so

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Like a collection of ragtag villagers fighting off an invading army, the mix of bacteria that live in our guts may band together to keep dangerous infections from taking hold, new research suggests. Read More

Microscopic Photography of Aspergillus niger

This cutely radish photo of the colony of Aspergillus niger was taken by a digital camera. Before that Aspergillus niger was grown on SDA (Saboraud Dextrose Agar) media for the research purpose of testing antifungal activity of Scallop Powder(SP). SP ,a natural source obtained from Bivalves, can... Read More

Delftia acidovorans

Delftia acidovorans (formerly Comamonas acidovorans) is an aerobic gram-negative rod. It is unique because produces an orange color in the medium with the addition of Kovac's indole because of the production of anthranilic acid from typtone, though the organism is biochemically indole-negative. ... Read More

Alien fungus!

Sometimes when a hairy beast of a contaminant grows on an old plate, the only thing to do is marvel at its beautiful rings and turn it into a cute cartoon. Any takers on the likely identity of this fungus? Read More

A world in microscope

This is a photo of Bacillus subtilis sporulation on Phase contrast microscope. I take the photo by Canon camera! I love the photo this is a first time I have a good image on Phase contrast microscope.
I think, we should dilute the sample before carrying out the template.
Use the lame side, put... Read More

Stopping malaria in its tracks

A new drug acts as a roadblock for malaria, curing mice of established infection, according to a study in The Journal of Experimental Medicine. Treatment was not associated with obvious side effects, suggesting that the drug may also be safe and effective in humans. Read More

Diarrhea in cats

Barbara Hinney and her colleagues from the Institute for Parasitology at the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, screened 298 faecal samples taken from cats across Austria for single-cell intestinal parasites, so called enteric protozoa. The samples came from private households, catteries... Read More

New resource makes gene-editing technology even more user friendly

Researchers at Harvard University and the University of California, San Diego, have developed a new user-friendly resource to accompany the powerful gene editing tool called CRISPR/Cas9, which has been widely adopted to make precise, targeted changes in DNA. This breakthrough has the potential t... Read More

Tiny Ocean Microbes are Brightening Up the Sky

Phytoplankton may be microscopic, but that doesn’t mean we can’t see them. Just look up: These little critters are brightening up cloudy days around the world. Read More

Fighting viruses - amazing new 21st century lab

Looking out of the window isn’t something most office workers would consider a luxury. But then, most people don’t work in a maximum security, biosafety level 4 high-containment research facility, working to protect the UK’s multi-billion pound agricultural industry from dangerous and highly inf... Read More
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