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
Bacillus cereus, a food-borne pathogen, is capable to form biofilms. Biofilms are microbial communities that are controlled by a biological mechanism called quorum sensing. In this image, the B. cereus biofilm was viewed under microscope using LPO and grown in microtiter plate well for 48 hrs of... Read More
I did a study of hand washing and hand sanitizer. Is anyone on the list willing to help me identify what grew from my unwashed and even washed hands? I attach three photos representing the yellow, white and orange growths found after several days on agar plates. Thank you so much in advance. Read More
This tree is made up of Streptococus pneumoniae (as the leaves)and Candida albicans (as the trunk),cultured on a chocolate agar incubated 24hours under 5% CO2 condition.
S.pneumoniae is a alpha hemolytic organism producing green colour colonies while C.albicans produce 'feet'around the margin o... Read More
Colorized scanning electron micrograph of filamentous Ebola virus particles (blue) budding from a chronically infected VERO E6 cell (yellow-green).
Photo taken from NIAID flicker Read More
A Time Lord needs his TARDIS to embark on fantastic discoveries. These LB agar plates contain a colorless reagent called X-gal, which is the sugar galactose linked to a dark blue dye. Some microbes can synthesize an enzyme (β-galactosidase) that snips the X-gal in two, releasing the blue color a... Read More
Scientists wonder why some people get so sick and even die after being infected by the foodborne pathogen E.coli O157:H7, while others experience much milder symptoms and recover relatively quickly. Now Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences researchers believe they have discovered an exp... Read More
Candida species on a Candida CHROMagar plate wishes you a happy and safe Fourth of July!
Author: Xiao Hui Lau Read More
The Zika virus, unlike other mosquito-borne viruses such as dengue, has until now been relatively unknown and unstudied. Read More
LA JOLLA, CA - August 24, 2015 - Scientists from The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) and the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) have found a way to induce antibodies to fight a wide range of influenza subtypes--work that could one day eliminate the need for repeate... Read More
CORVALLIS, Ore. - About 20 million years ago a single flea became entombed in amber with tiny bacteria attached to it, providing what researchers believe may be the oldest evidence on Earth of a dreaded and historic killer - an ancient strain of the bubonic plague. Read More
Our sensitivity instruments rarely ever go down, but when they do our lab uses Kirby-Bauer testing to perform antimicrobial susceptibility testing in our laboratory. This testing involves placing antibiotic-infused discs on a standardized inoculum of bacteria spread in a lawn onto a Mueller Hint... Read More
Colonies are initially black and yeast-like, becoming suede-like, olivaceous grey and mould-like with age. This photo show the morphology of colony after a week.
Credits: F. d'Aleo - B. Rogolino - A. Barbaro
Ospedale Bianchi Melacrino Morelli - Unità di Microbiologia Read More
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- With every breath you take, microbes have a chance of making it into your lungs. But what happens when they get there? And why do dangerous lung infections like pneumonia happen in some people, but not others? Read More
National Institutes of Health (NIH) scientists report that a single dose of an experimental Ebola virus (EBOV) vaccine completely protects cynomolgus macaques against the current EBOV outbreak strain, EBOV-Makona, when given at least seven days before exposure, and partially protects them if giv... Read More
The compound that detectives spray at crime scenes to find trace amounts of blood may be used one day to kill the malaria parasite. Read More
Pictured here are blue colonies of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) growing on Remel Spectra MRSA medium. Spectra media contains a chromogen that yields a blue color as a result of phosphatase activity. The phosphatase enzyme is present in many staphylococci, including Staphylo... Read More
This is an 3D image of conidiophores of the filamentous fungus Neurospora crassa. Conidiophores are hyphae which differentiate to produce asexual structures named spores or conidia. The image taken using a confocal microscope shows conidiophores stained with a fluorophore which stains components... Read More
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