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Summer Research, Undergraduate Students, Lab Themed Desserts, and Bdellovibrio!

In this blog post, I discuss our Summer Research Program's "Lab Themed Dessert" competion, for which one of my students created a cake "sculpture" of Bdellovibrio attacking and invading E. coli. It was tasty, informative, and fun! My student clearly thought about Bdellovibrio a LOT during the ... Read More

Unknown Fungal Contaminant/MAC

Unknown fungal isolated contaminant found on MAC. MAC plate was incubated for 2 months at 4 degrees C once fungal growth was seen. This colony seemed to emerge from the agar and had a 3D appearance. The center of the colony had what seemed to be hyphal growth while the edges had a hard waxy un... Read More

How naked is naked? Scales of the Gymnamoeba (naked amoeba) show remarkable details!

In memory of Eugéne Penard (1855-1954) we have created a website to show the variety and beauty of amoeboid organisms in light- and electron-microscopic images. Read More

Mannitol Salt Agar (MSA)

Mannitol Salt Agar (MSA)
•Important Ingredients: Phenol red, mannitol (sugar), 7.5% NaCl
•Differential: between pathogenic S. aureus and S. epidermidis
•Selective: NaCl inhibits non-halophilic organisms. Organism that can grow are halophilic.
•Mannitol Fermentors: fermentation of acid cau... Read More

Some Observations on the Transformation of Self

Artist Anne Brodie, Microbiologist Dr Simon Park and Curator Dr Caterina Albano collaborated in researching the communication and light producing properties of bioluminescent bacteria outside of the usual confines of pure scientific practice. Over the course of 2009 and 2010 we developed a body ... Read More

Lipid Agar

Lipid Plate/Tributyrin Agar used to test for an organisms ability to produce the exoenzyme lipase which breaks down the lipids in the agar creating a clear zone around the organism. (A) Serratia marcesens, lipid hydrolysis, indicated by a zone of clearing around the growing colony, as well as th... Read More

Some Observations on the Transformation of Self

Artist Anne Brodie, Microbiologist Dr Simon Park and Curator Dr Caterina Albano collaborated in researching the communication and light producing properties of bioluminescent bacteria outside of the usual confines of pure scientific practice. Over the course of 2009 and 2010 we developed a body ... Read More

Slime producing Staphylococcus epidermidis on Congo Red agar

Slime production by Staphylococcus epidermidis on Congo Red agar; demonstrated by black colored colonies. Slime production is one of the most important virulence factors produced by Coagulase negative Staphylococci.

The colonies of slime non-producing strains remain pink to red.
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MERS-CoV

Transmission electron micrograph of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV). Credit: National Institutes of Health/Department of Health and Human Services (NIAID).

From the CDC:

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is viral respiratory illness first reported in Saudi Ara... Read More

Clues to Making Vaccine for Infant Respiratory Illness

Scientists from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, have identified the structure of a critical RSV component called the fusion glycoprotein.

Respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, is a respiratory virus that infects th... Read More

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Gram stained slide from oil enrichment culture, samples enriched from soil. I would love to know what the HUGE bacilli are - can anyone help? Read More

Hilary Koprowski, Columbia University Medical Center, 2005

Hilary Koprowski flanked by Vincent Racaniello and Richard Kessin on the occasion of Dr. Koprowski's 'History of Science' lecture at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, April 2005. Read More

Methyl Red/Vogoes-Proskauer (MR-VP)

Methyl Red/Vogoes-Proskauer (MR-VP)
One medium used for two separate but related tests, identifying butanediol (VP) or acidic fermentation products (MR) as part of the IMViC test used in the identification of Enterobacteriaceae.

•Methyl Red (MR): detects the ability of an organism to produc... Read More

Who knew microbes could be so artistically inclined?

In the photo series "Impermanence," South Korean artist Seung-Hwan Oh creates colorful, otherworldly portraits with a little help from some "friends" — emulsion-consuming microbes, that is.

By immersing an exposed roll of medium-format positive film in water containing these bacteria and lea... Read More

Bacillus cereus Biofilm viewed under microscope

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

Mycobacterium smegmatis Acid Fast Stain

Acid Fast stain done on a mix of Staphylococcus aureus and Mycobacterium smegmatis. Carbol fuchsin was applied to the smear and set over a steaming water bath for 10 min to help penetrate the mycolic acid in the cell wall, then rinsed with acid alcohol which washes the carbol fuchsin out of al... Read More

Lyme Disease Bacteria, Borrelia burgdorferi

The Lyme disease spirochete, Borrelia burgdorferi, is an obligate parasite that cycles between ticks and vertebrate hosts. B. burgdorferi alters the proteins expressed on its outer surface, depending on the state of each host. Here, we used immunofluorescent antibodies to identify spirochetes th... Read More

What's this?

Hi everybody, I saw this in a plash near my house and there was a lot of them. Can somebody help me about the identification or send a link if you know some kind of protozoa base Read More

Healthy Human T-Cell

Scanning electron micrograph of a human T lymphocyte (also called a T cell) from the immune system of a healthy donor.

Credit: NIAID

http://www.flickr.com/photos/niaid/5950870236/ Read More

Fuzzy Frosty

This smiling Frosty is no ordinary snowman—he's made entirely of mold.

The living artwork is the creation of Stephanie Mounaud, an infectious disease researcher at the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI) in Rockville, Maryland.

For the last several Christmases, Mounaud has used the different ... Read More
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