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Slaying bacteria with their own weapons

A chemist at Washington University in St. Louis is studying siderophores, iron chelating molecules released by bacteria during an infection, with the thought of using them to design personalized antibiotic therapy that would avoid the rapid evolution of resistance that plagues antibiotic drug di... Read More

Hypnotic Bacteria Cities Provide Lens Into Trippy, Hidden Universes (PHOTOS)

You heard it here first: petri dishes are the new canvases.

When Tel Aviv based physicist and biologist Eshel Ben-Jacob discovered two new strains of bacteria, paenibacillus dendritiformis and the paenibacillus vortex, he also discovered an untapped art form. The bacteria swim outward into sp... Read More

Golden yellow colonies of Staphylococcus aureus on Manitol Salt Agar plate

Screening of Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus during my thesis project titled Prevalence of nosocomial infection by MRSA in a tertiary health care center in kathmandu. Read More

Fighting Infection by Clonal Selection

In 1960, Australian immunologist Frank Burnet won a Nobel Prize for his contributions to immunology. Etsuko Uno and colleagues at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research in Melbourne, Australia, explain Burnet's clonal selection theory in an animation of the body's response to St... Read More

Phenotypic detection of ESBL(exteneded spectrum beta lactamase).

Phenotypic detection of ESBL(exteneded spectrum beta lactamase)
phenotypic detection of ESBL by beta lacatmase inhibitor,CA=clavuleic acid..MBL is ambler's class A beta lactamase,which is inhibited by,CA=clavuleic acid .
this research work was performed in our research lab. for academic inter... Read More

Life under the Microscope: Stunning Photographs from the BioScapes Competition [Slide Show]

In the 1800s English poet William Blake famously challenged his readers to “see a world in a grain of sand.” If only he had owned a modern microscope. Thanks to increasingly powerful optical tools, we now know that beneath the skin of every leaf, inside each speck of dirt, and within our own blo... Read More

Macrophage Infected with Francisella tularensis Bacteria

Scanning electron micrograph of a murine macrophage infected with Francisella tularensis strain LVS. Macrophages were dry-fractured by touching the cell surface with cellophane tape after critical point drying to reveal intracellular bacteria. Bacteria (colorized in blue) are located either in t... 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

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

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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

Keeping Viral Load Low

Over the past 30 years, the combined efforts of scientists and clinicians have delivered remarkable successes in HIV therapeutics. Since 1987, the FDA has approved more than 30 antiviral drugs, including 12 HIV protease inhibitors and one integrase inhibitor. These drugs stop ~99% of viral repli... Read More

Alcaligenes faecalis

Streak plate of Alcaligenes faecalis grown on TSA for 48 hr. Read More

Thesis work on mycology for the degree of PG in Medical Microbiology.

My name is Sangeeta Khadka and i am from Nepal. I am a PG level student at St. Xavier's College. Recently, i have been doing my thesis work on mycology in Nobel Hospital and Research Centre for the degree of PG in Medical Microbiology.

This is a picture of different Candida species isolated ... Read More

Rhizopus microsporus

Rhizopus microsporus columella.
Species of the mucoralean genus Rhizopus are very relevant to society, in several respects. They are known as spoilage organisms,contaminating a variety of foodstuffs and agricultural
products during storage and transport. Because of off-odors, unwanted discolor... 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

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

Microbes in the Environment

Microbes are everywhere; they live in us and on us. They can't be seen with our naked eyes, thus we tent to neglect that they're there or even existed. Some microbes are harmful and some are not. However, we must learn to avoid contaminating sterile media and materials with these microbes. In th... 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

Search and destroy!

Search and destroy! This image shows us how an immune cell, called a macrophage, attacks foreign bodies like bacteria – or this microbead – completely engulfing it so it can be broken down deep within the cell.

Visualized using scanning electron microscopy by Darren Brown, University of Queen... Read More

Inducible clindamycin resistant (D-test positive) coagulase negative Staphylococcus aureus.

It was my first D-test positive coagulase negative S. aureus isolate during my work on Inducible clindamycin resistance among staphylococci” Read More

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