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NIH-sponsored clinical trial of chikungunya vaccine opens

An experimental vaccine to protect against the mosquito-borne illness chikungunya is being tested in a Phase 2 trial sponsored by the National Institutes of Health. Results from an initial trial of the vaccine, which was developed by scientists at the NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infect... Read More

Hibernating bats mount a partial immune response against white nose fungus

White-nose syndrome (WNS), an invasive skin infection caused by the Pseudogymnoascus destructans (Pd) fungus has killed millions of bats since it was first seen in North America in 2007. A analysis of gene expression in hibernating bats infected with the destructive fungus published on October 1... Read More

(micro)Biochemistry

Bohr's atomic model comes to life with Kocuria rhizophila, Serratia marcescens, and Lactobaccillus casei. Read More

Breast cancer drug beats superbug

Researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences have found that the breast cancer drug tamoxifen gives white blood cells a boost, better enabling them to respond to, ensnare and kill bacteria in laboratory experiment... Read More

Handprint Culture Shirt

"Everyone Needs a Little Culture" shirt @ Cabrillo College bookstore, 831-479-6209 or Niles Biological, http://www.nilesbio.com/cat499.html Read More

Neisseria sicca on blood agar

Neisseria sicca grown on blood agar at 37 degrees C for 5 days. A Gram (-) diplococcus organism that is part of the normal mucosal membranes and does not normally cause disease. Read More

Colors of Superbug !

Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) isolated from animals. The organism was grown on seven different agar medium. On blood agar (Centre), it forms small to medium sized colonies surrounded by weak beta-hemolysis. It shows diverse types of color in different chromogenic medium- pin... Read More

LD bodies inside a macrophage

A smear showing LD bodies inside a macrophage from a patient of Kala-azar visiting Universal College of Medical Sciences and Teaching Hospital. Photo Courtesy: Dr. Deliya Paudel, Department of pathology Read More

Mosquito-eating fish used to fight Zika virus in Latin America

With the Zika virus spreading toward the United States, threatening pregnant mothers and the 2016 Olympics, aid workers have placed hope in a familiar fish.

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the Virginia-based non-profit Operation Blessing helped avert an outbreak of the West Nile virus in Ne... Read More

Tick tock -- sequencing the tick genome could help defuse the Lyme disease time bomb

The deer tick transmits Lyme disease and other diseases, which cause thousands of human and animal deaths annually. With about 10,000 new patients each year, occurrences of Lyme disease in Switzerland are amongst the highest in Europe, representing a substantial healthcare cost and threatening S... Read More

Vibrios at the Beach

This beach scene was created with various species of Vibrio bacteria collected from coastal Massachusetts. Members of this genus of bacteria are commonly found attached to marine crustaceans and some can be harmful to the host and humans alike, especially if ingested. This genus includes the spe... Read More

Fungal contaminant/Starch agar

Fungal contaminant seen on Starch agar after 1 month at refrigerated temperatures. Colonies were blackish green and circular. Elevated tufts could be seen in the middle of each colony with small water droplets in the rhizoid growth. Read More

Love and war between kingdoms

Candida albicans and Pseudomona aeruginosa growing on YPD. Read More

Persisters - Small step towards Antibiotic resistance

Chromobacterium violaceum is a gram negative bacterium known to produce a natural antibiotic violacein which has other additional properties as well.
Here I was testing the MIC for a range of antibiotics and found a amazing result wherein i could clearly see "persisters" which will at a later s... Read More

VIRUSES FROM NEWBORN GUT ARE NEW TO SCIENCE

Shortly after a baby’s birth, bacteria aren’t the only invaders to colonize the gut. Viruses move in, too, according to new research. Read More

Strategies to decrease bacterial colonization

Among the bacterial infections that are most difficult to treat, chronic infections associated with bacterial biofilms are one of the most hazardous. Bacterial biofilms are densely packed communities of microbial cells surrounded with secreted polymers. In her doctoral thesis, chemist Shoghik Ha... Read More

Zika virus infects human neural stem cells

The Zika virus infects a type of neural stem cell that gives rise to the brain's cerebral cortex, Johns Hopkins and Florida State researchers report March 4 in Cell Stem Cell. On laboratory dishes, these stem cells were found to be havens for viral reproduction, resulting in cell death and/or di... Read More

Students in Puerto Rico learn to detect and enumerate coliforms in groundwater

The picture was taken after my students at the Inter American University of Puerto Rico-San German, learned the technique of water filtration analysis of fecal coliforms in water. They filtrated a mL of groundwater from a nearby aquifer and transferred the filter to Endo agar plates. The pictur... Read More

Grape Leaf

A small grape leaf was pressed/printed onto a large TSA plate incubated for 48 hrs at 37 degree's C, then place at refirigerated temps for 3 days. The result was a mix of yeast (yellow/orange) , several Bacillus spp and a variety of other unknown organisms. The outline of the leaf is not that ... Read More

Unknown Organism on handprint

Unknown organism seen on a hand print after washing with soap and water grown on a TSA plate for 24 hrs, room temperature for a day and several days at refrigerated temp. Organism was a mat pale yellow with raised rhizoid growth in the center and smooth edges. Read More
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