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Smartphone adapted for use as a video microscope to detect parasites in blood in under resourced communities

This is a good news story all around. UC Berkeley engineers, Michael D'Amrosio and Matthew Bakalar (UC Berkeley Bioengineering) with medical personal from NIAID, Dr. Thomas Nutaman and his collaborators from Cameroon and France collectively took the omni-present global resource, a standard smar... Read More


As greater atmospheric carbon dioxide boosts sea temperatures, tropical corals face a bleak future. New climate model projections show that conditions are likely to increase the frequency and severity of coral disease outbreaks. Read More

Ebola experience is a wake-up call for the WHO

"The WHO, largely unchanged since its creation, is ill-equipped to deal with the disease threats that this new world creates...the recent Ebola outbreak is a case in point. Even the WHO's director-general, Margaret Chan, said her organisation was "overwhelmed" and admitted that a crisis on that ... Read More

Fungal contaminant on Casein media

Unknown fungal contaminant seen on Casein media after 1 month at refrigerated temperatures. Green spore formation is seen throughout the colony with white hyphal growth on the outer edge of the colony. The center was raised and had deep groves. Read More

Unknown Contaminant on Eosin Methylene Blue

An unknown fungal contaminant growing on Eosin Methylene Blue (EMB) plate. The fungal colony shows a number of interesting features where it takes up or interacts with they dyes in the medium. Some of the colonies illustrate interesting inhibitory effects on adjacent colonies or appear the inf... Read More

Bile Esculin Agar

the carbohydrate esculin
iron salts
Differential media:
-Group D Streptococcus sp. will convert esculin into 6,7-dihydroxy-coumarin which reacts with the iron salts to form a black precipitate.
--Non Group D Streptococcus sp. do not produce the black color.
(A) Enteroco... Read More

BacterioFiles 213 - Bird Bacteria Bolster Babies

This episode: Hoopoes inoculate their eggs with protective bacteria!

(6.5 MB, 7 minutes)

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Fungus/Puff ball

Image of a Puff ball taken at Hoh Rainforest on the Olympic Peninsula in Western Washington, largest Temperate Rain forest in the United States. The large white ball is the fruiting body which contains the spores. Read More

Agar Contaminant presumably Yeast

Agar contaminant seen on TSA after 1 month at refrigerated temperatures. Colony was yellow, mucoid, partially circular with concentric circular raised rings with an orangish center. Read More

Proteus vulgaris/Swarming

Streak plate of Proteus vulgaris. The plate was incubated at 37 degree C for 48 hrs then held at room temperature for 1 week. Swarming, white growth with finger like projections at the outer edges, around the circular solated colonies, circular white/beige opaque colonies, was not seen until ... Read More

Rubella Has Been Eliminated From the Americas, Health Officials Say

Rubella, a disease with terrible consequences for unborn children, has finally been eliminated from the Americas, a scientific panel set up by global health authorities announced Wednesday. Read More


A new microneedle patch administered with the press of a thumb could make it easier to vaccinate people against measles and other diseases. Read More

Stopping HIV in its tracks

Is the end of HIV near? Findings published this week in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy report that a novel, subdermal implant delivering potent antiretroviral (ARV) drugs shows extreme promise in stopping the spread of HIV. Read More

Streptococcus pneumoniae on Daniel-Shamsoun (DS) Blood Agar Medium

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Trichuris ovis

The eggs of Trichuris species are brownish-yellowish, about 40x70 micrometers, with a barrel-like shape, a thick membrane and typical plugs on both poles.
This photo take from stool sample of goat.

credits: Francesco d'Aleo M.Sc., NHS of Microbiology Read More

Bio - safe selfie

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Visiting ASM stall at the 25th European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases 2015, Copenhagen

At the 25th European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases 2015, Copenhagen. More than 10,000 people from the whole world are participating this year. Enjoying the talks on current research and discovery of microbiology and infectious diseases. Read More

Yeast contaminant

Unknown contaminant, possible Yeast, seen on TSA agar after 3 weeks refrigerated temperatures. The colony appeared mucoid colony with lobate edges, was white in the center of the colony and yellow on the edges. The agar surrounding the colony had what appeared to be a brown coloration, possib... Read More

Unknown - Identification Help Please

I am in need of some assistance in Identifying a bacteria species. I am unable to locate a match in Bergey's Manual. Our copy is 20 years out of date. I know the photo isnt great, it was taken with a cell phone. The colonies are hot pink and were cultured on TSA slant. It is gram + micrococci, i... Read More

Streptococcus pyogenes

Throat swab of (5) years old child from emergency department for culture and sensitivity clinical summary scarlet fever.

Streptococcus pyogenes, or Group A Streptococcus, is a spherical, Gram-positive bacterium.[1] S. pyogenes displays streptococcal group A antigen on its cell wall and typic... Read More
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