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Happy #MicrobialHalloween From My #Bio350 Students (Plus Some Happy #ParasiticHalloween Wishes)!

I enjoy mixing Hallowe'en with my classes. In this blog post, I show how my microbiology students do exactly that, with humor and style. In addition, my freshman writing students do the same with their course on symbioses and parasitism. Enjoy...and #HappyMicrobialHalloween! Read More

Happy Halloween!

Enjoy some spooky microbes this halloween! Candida parasilopsis ghost on SAB agar, and Salmonella species spiderwebs in HE and XLD agars. Follow me on instagram @stylish_streaking for more fun cultures and educational microbiology and mycology posts! Read More

Scientists Urge National Initiative on Microbiomes

Scores of leading scientists on Wednesday urged the creation of a major initiative to better understand the microbial communities critical to both human health and every ecosystem. Read More

Pumpkin Spice Agar

Happy Halloween!! This is an LB plate supplemented with Congo Red (to give the plate an orange hue) and X-gal, which is cleaved by this E. coli into a dark blue color. Read More

Bulgarian folk motive

Traditional Bulgarian embroidery is characterized by great regional and local diversity. Embroidery ornamentation are much of the specificity and uniqueness of Bulgarian costumes. It is typical of all areas in the country. The high artistic value of the designs is largely due to the skilful sele... Read More

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Intestinal worms 'talk' to gut bacteria to boost immune system

EPFL researchers have discovered how intestinal worm infections cross-talk with gut bacteria to help the immune system. Read More

Interrupting the transmission cycle: A protein required for dengue virus infection of mosquitoes

There is currently no approved specific treatment or vaccine for dengue fever, and an estimated 2 billion people are at risk for being bitten by Aedes mosquitoes and infected with the dengue virus (DENV). A study published on October 22nd in PLOS Pathogens introduces a candidate target for a tra... Read More

Flying Micrococcus unicorn

Unicorn drawn on TSA with Micrococcus luteus and M. lylae. The flowing pink mane is Roseomonas gilardii. #ASM #AgarArt Read More

After Hand Washing

This organism seems to be showing up after students wash with soap and water. Organism seen on finger tip grown on TSA 37 degree's C for 48 hrs then refrigerated temp for several weeks. Organism was a pale yellow with raised rhizoid growth in the center some of it matt and some mucoid, edges w... Read More

Interesting Colonoy Morphology/Formation

Hand print done on a large TSA plate after using hand sanitizer, this was the only colony seen. Large cream/white matt colony covering the majority of the plate. The center of the colony was solid with speckled growth/offshoots at the edges, possible Bacillus spp. Read More

Unknown Organism from Environmental Swab

Unknown organism from an environmental swab, swab was done on the bottom of a students backpack. Organism was grown on TSA at 37 degree's C for 48 hours then refrigerated for several weeks. Color was a white with a mattt apperance in the middle with lobate mucoid margins. Image was taken usin... Read More

Social yeast cells prefer to work with close relatives to make our beer, bread and wine

Baker's yeast cells living together in communities help feed each other, but leave incomers from the same species to die from starvation, according to new research from the University of Cambridge. Read More

SOME CORAL-ALGAE COMBOS CAN HANDLE CLIMATE CHANGE

For some time, scientists have known that certain combinations of coral and algal species were more tolerant to temperature extremes than others, and therefore more likely to survive in the changing conditions predicted for the future. Read More

DISCOVERY MAY LEAD TO VACCINE FOR BIRTH DEFECT VIRUS

Scientists believe they may be a step closer to developing a vaccine for congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV), one of the world’s leading infectious causes of birth defects. Read More

DRUG FROM BANANAS MAY FIGHT FLU VIRUS

Bananas contain a substance that, when changed slightly by scientists, shows promise to fight a wide range of viruses, including the flu. Read More

Animals (and Plants) in a Microbial World

In this blog post (and fourth "Mu-Tube" video), I explore the idea that all animals and plants have evolved as part of a microbial world, and thus microbes are a part of us. I do this by having my undergraduate students explore two recently publications by Dr. Margaret McFall-Ngai,and recording... Read More

Colonial Variation in Serratia marcescens

A common denizen of the undergraduate microbiology laboratory, Serratia marcescens is well known for the production of a bright red pigment, prodigiosin. Prodigiosin has been investigated over many years for its possible antimicrobial, antifungal, and even antitumor effects. Still, the relevan... Read More

Plague infected humans much earlier than previously thought

Plague infections were common in humans 3,300 years earlier than the historical record suggests, reports a study published October 22 in Cell. By sequencing the DNA of tooth samples from Bronze Age individuals from Europe and Asia, the researchers discovered evidence of plague infections roughly... Read More

ANTIBIOTICS DON’T POP BACTERIA LIKE A BALLOON

The days when antibiotics worked reliably and scientists could assume they worked directly—like popping a balloon—are fading. As resistance mounts, understanding how antibiotics really work could be the key to sustaining their efficacy. Read More
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