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Vials of Zika virus

Like many other virologists we have also begun to work on Zika virus, to apply our expertise and knowledge to this emerging pathogen. Here is a photo of some of the vials of Zika virus that we have recently obtained. Shown are the MR766 and DAK AR 41542 strains and plasma from a Zika virus infec... Read More

Biohazard Bin Swab

Colonies from a swab of the lid of a biohazard waste bin from one of my students in the Microbiology lab at Miami-Dade College, Wolfson in Miami, FL. Streaked on Nutrient Agar and incubated at 30 degrees Celcius for 72 hours.

Elena M. Cortizas, M.S.
Adjunct Professor of Microbiology
MDC W... Read More

New way to detect human-animal diseases tested in lemurs

DURHAM, N.C. -- Advances in genetic sequencing are uncovering emerging diseases in wildlife that other diagnostic tests can't detect. 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

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

Sophisticated 'mini-brains' add to evidence of Zika's toll on fetal cortex

Studying a new type of pinhead-size, lab-grown brain made with technology first suggested by three high school students, Johns Hopkins researchers have confirmed a key way in which Zika virus causes microcephaly and other damage in fetal brains: by infecting specialized stem cells that build its... Read More

Enlarged view of winter hand print

Enlarged view of cold wet (winter) hand print. Read More

NIH-led effort uses implementation science to reduce mother-to-child HIV transmission

An emerging field, known as implementation science, may help reduce the nearly 150,000 instances of mother-to-child HIV transmissions that occur annually around the world, mostly in developing countries. A team of scientists and program managers, led by the National Institutes of Health, has bee... Read More

New mouse model to aid testing of Zika vaccine, therapeutics

A research team at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has established a mouse model for testing of vaccines and therapeutics to battle Zika virus. Read More

Unknown contaminant on Blood agar close up

Unknown contaminant, possible Bacillus spp, seen on an old blood agar plate that had been inoculated with Strep bovis. The plate had been incubated at 37 degree's C for 24 hrs then held at room temp for a week. One colony was mucoid with a brain like appearance the other being mucoid and smooth ... Read More

Sesonal Hand print

Bacterial hand print done last week with a group of 4th graders (~30 plates done). This same thing was done 4 months ago with another group of 4th graders when the weather was warm and dry. A different hand "flora" can be seen between the two seasons. Notably the Bacillus species is different... Read More

E. coli: The ideal transport for next-gen vaccines?

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Most people recoil at the thought of ingesting E. coli. But what if the headline-grabbing bacteria could be used to fight disease? Read More

A quick and easy new method to detect Wolbachia bacteria in intact Aedes mosquitoes

Aedes aegypti mosquitoes transmit dengue, chikungunya, and zika viruses. A study published in PLOS NTDs reports a new technique that could make one approach to mosquito control--using Wolbachia bacteria that reduce the mosquitos' ability to transmit viral pathogens--a whole lot easier and che... Read More

PPE (Personal Protective Equipment )

Who this is for: Healthcare workers, supervisors, and administrators at U.S. hospitals.

What this is for: To protect healthcare workers and other patients at facilities that provide care to a patient with confirmed Ebola or PUI who is clinically unstable or has bleeding, vomiting, or diarrhea... Read More

Pseudo Christmas Tree

Christmas Tree made of P. aeruginosa & M. luteus
From: Manatí, Puerto Rico (Clinical Microbiology Laboratory)
Author: Zamayra Sotomayor-Roig
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The alien-looking contaminant 2

Description: This is an amazing image of a possible bacterial contaminant on a blood agar. Its structure is very bizarre and almost symmetrical and it has not been identified yet. A researcher at the Blizard Institute (Dr. Lisa Miyashita) had prepared her blood agar plates for future use and had... 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

ASM Santa Hat/Happy Holidays

ASM Santa Hat....Bacteria used:
Red portion of hat and letters: Serratia marcescens
White hat trim: Staph saprophyticus
Large TSA plate grown for 24 hrs at 37 degree's C Read More

Predicting the spread of the Zika virus

A new tool by Japan-based researchers predicts the risk of Zika virus importation and local transmission for 189 countries. Read More

Mold contaminant on yogurt

Mold culture growing on top of a home made yogurt culture. Yogurt was made using whole milk and incubated for 8 hrs at a ~30 degree's C then refrigerated. This culture had been in the refrigerator for over 2 weeks, well past expiration for home made yogurt. The green mold had spore formation ... Read More
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