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Study finds state policies influence vaccination, disease outbreak rates

Athens, Ga. - Lax state vaccination laws contribute to lower immunization rates and increased outbreaks of preventable diseases--like whooping cough and measles--according to a new study from the University of Georgia. Read More


Pictured is a plant structure called a trichome that was found in a felines' urine sediment collected by cystocentesis. It is surrounded by many cocci and debris. The picture was taken with a smartphone at 400x magnification with no staining. Read More

Viruses thrive in big families, in sickness and in health

SALT LAKE CITY - The BIG LoVE (Utah Better Identification of Germs-Longitudinal Viral Epidemiology) study, led by scientists at the University of Utah School of Medicine, finds that each bundle of joy puts the entire household at increased risk for infection with viruses that cause colds, flu, a... Read More

Simple intervention can moderate anti-vaccination beliefs, study finds

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- It might not be possible to convince someone who believes that vaccines cause autism that they don't. Telling skeptics that their belief is not scientifically supported often backfires - strengthening, rather than weakening, their anti-vaccine views. But researchers say they h... Read More

New Use for Well-known Algae

Shock! Horror! Some treasured molecular paleoenvironmental tools of organic biogeochemists—namely the alkenones, an esoteric group of long-chained compounds made by aquatic microalgae—are being put forward by O’Neil et al.1 as candidates for conversion to jet fuel on an industrial scale! (See... Read More

Honoring the Memory of Another

The late Edward Leadbetter had a huge impact on my life as an academic, and a microbiologist. In this post, I try to give some appreciation to what he meant to me. Read More

Phage feasting on an E. coli lawn

Bacteriophages were named because it appeared that the bacteria were being eaten by something. Here is a healthy E. coli strain (MG1655) that was mixed with a suspension of P1 phages and poured onto an agar plate. As the lawn of cells grew and covered the whole surface, plaques can be seen where... Read More


Lactophenol cotton blue stain of Ulocladium species. Read More

Aspergillus niger

Lactophenol cotton blue stain of Aspergillus niger Read More


Lactophenol cotton blue stain of Penicillium species Read More

Proud to be an Indian

This is a Fungal art from PG laboratory of Department of Plant Pathology, College of Agriculture, Vellayani. One fine Easter morning, 3 enthusiastic PG students who were working at their lab stumbled upon a miracle. A beauty of God's creation. The petridish contains an agar art that resemble the... Read More

Colorful bugs from pig

Staphylococcus aureus isolated from nasal mucosa of Pig. Nasal swab was collected by E-swab, and then 100 ul of swab fluid was plated directly onto Staphylococcus selective agar medium. Pink colored colonies are indicative for Staphylococcus aureus. Though the medium is a highly selective but th... Read More

Francis Crick Portrait in Living Light!

This is as portrait of the late Francis Crick created by my wife Dr. Jennifer Quinn using "paint" of luminous bacteria. Photobacterium leignothi was grown in LB amended to 20g/l NaCl for a few hours until visible luminescence was detected visually. The liquid culture was painted onto amended L... Read More

Evolutionary war between microorganisms affecting human health, IU biologist says

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Health experts have warned for years that the overuse of antibiotics is creating "superbugs" able to resist drugs treating infection. Read More

Some vaccines support evolution of more-virulent viruses

Scientific experiments with the herpesvirus such as the one that causes Marek's disease in poultry have confirmed, for the first time, the highly controversial theory that some vaccines could allow more-virulent versions of a virus to survive, putting unvaccinated individuals at greater risk of ... Read More

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
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