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From Serratia with Love

Wish your sweetheart a Happy Valentine's Day with this composition of Serratia marcescens on LB plates. The strain produces a brick-red pigment called prodigiosin and the different shades were produced by a combination of pigment mutants and incubation temperatures. Read More

Tick genome reveals secrets of a successful bloodsucker

With tenacity befitting their subject, an international team of nearly 100 researchers toiled for a decade and overcame tough technical challenges to decipher the genome of the blacklegged tick (Ixodes scapularis). Read More

Contamination medley

It was time for a fridge clean-out! On a BHI plate with X-gal, this colorful assortment of fungi and bacteria had probably been growing for months... Read More

Tick tock -- sequencing the tick genome could help defuse the Lyme disease time bomb

The deer tick transmits Lyme disease and other diseases, which cause thousands of human and animal deaths annually. With about 10,000 new patients each year, occurrences of Lyme disease in Switzerland are amongst the highest in Europe, representing a substantial healthcare cost and threatening S... Read More

What is lurking in your bread and beer?

There are countless examples of plant, animal and bacterial viruses that cause severe symptoms of disease, sometimes with considerable socio-economic consequences. Viruses of fungi, otherwise known as ‘mycoviruses’, infect many medically and commercially important fungi, including the brewers an... Read More

Listeria: Hypervirulent strains with cerebral and placental tropism

Researchers from the Institut Pasteur, Inserm, CNRS and Paris Descartes - Sorbonne Paris Cité University recently published a large-scale study in Nature Genetics based on almost 7,000 strains of Listeria monocytogenes -- the bacterium responsible for human listeriosis, a severe foodborne infect... Read More

It's always sunny in the micro lab

Just in time for Valentine's Day! Send a "flower" to your sweetheart on a TSA plate with Serratia marcescens, Kocuria rhizophila, and Corynebacterium xerosis. Read More

Be my Valentine

With love from a pink yeast contaminant, found on an old refrigerated LB plate supplemented with chloramphenicol. Read More

Study reveals how herpes virus tricks the immune system

With over half the U.S. population infected, most people are familiar with the pesky cold sore outbreaks caused by the herpes virus. The virus outsmarts the immune system by interfering with the process that normally allows immune cells to recognize and destroy foreign invaders. How exactly the ... Read More

Bacterial Symbiosis?

Some kids & I have been swabbing their classroom, and this colony caught my eye, or is it two colonies living in a mutualistic relationship. Perhaps this is commensalism as the red one seems to really like the yellow one. Or perhaps it is the same colony of microbes, somehow producing two differ... Read More

IMA Plate of CF patient

IMA plate of a CF patient. Growing Yeast and 2 different strains of Pseudomonas aeruginosa Read More

Defining the rate-limiting processes of bacterial cytokinesis

This paper addresses some fundamental unanswered questions in microbiology: is the cytoskeletal cell division ring a major driving force for bacterial cytokinesis as it is for eukaryotes? If so, what is the mechanism? If not, what process is the major driving force? Read More

2 THINGS WE NEED TO FIGHT ZIKA’S EXPLOSIVE SPREAD

A recent outbreak of Zika virus in Brazil is causing alarm throughout the Americas, with health officials warning that the disease is “spreading explosively.” The World Health Organization (WHO) held an emergency meeting to address the problem, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ... Read More

HITTING INFECTIONS HARD CAN BE ‘THE WORST THING TO DO’

The standard practice of treating infections with the highest tolerable dose of antibiotic medications may not always be best way of preventing the evolution of drug resistance, a new study suggests. Read More

Alcaligenes faecalis line inoculation with swarming

A line inoculation was done with Alcaligenes faecalis and incubated for 48 hrs at 37 degree's C. Swarming/spreading could be seen form the inoculation line. Note: Small contaminate also seen on the plate.
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Pseudomonas aeruginosa with pigment

A line inoculation was done with Pseudomonas aeruginosa. After 48 hrs incubation at 37 degrees C incubation the blue/green diffusible pigment pyocanin could be seen around the organism. There was also the characteristic grape smell. Read More

More Fungus

After several weeks of heavy rains several different mushroom species were seen in the leaf litter and shade of a cedar tree in Santa Cruz, CA. The fungus was yellow/orange, undulating appearance, with what looked like rough bumps on the outer edges with the inside being smooth. Read More

Mouse or monkey plate

I was examining the anti microbial activity of a wound dressing material against a MRSA clinical isolate using a zone of inhibition assay. After incubation over night, I got some plates which have ZOIs in a shape of a mouse or money face. I attached an image. Read More

Insect growth regulator wears a second hat: Infection fighter

During an animal's embryonic development, a chemical chain reaction known as Hippo directs organs to grow to just the right size and no larger. Now Johns Hopkins researchers working with laboratory flies report that this signaling pathway also plays a role in revving up the insects' immune syste... Read More

ZIKA VIRUS ‘IS ABOUT AS SCARY AS IT GETS’

The Zika virus, unlike other mosquito-borne viruses such as dengue, has until now been relatively unknown and unstudied. Read More
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