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Lovely Rose

Serratia marcescens, Chromobacterium violeceum and Pseudomonas aeruginosa - what a romantic combination on Mueller Hinton II agar. All 3 organisms exhibit different pigment, Red, Purple and Green respectively on MHII agar, makes our daily routine of interpreting disk diffusion more interesting. Read More

Unknown Fungal contaminant on Mueller Hinton agar #2

Unknown fungal contaminant seen on Mueller Hinton agar after several months at refrigerated temperature. Colony had a white non-spore forming apron around the edges with green spore formation seen on the inner layer/center. Read More

Impact of climate change on parasite infections depends on host immunity

New research demonstrates how climate change and the immune reaction of the infected individual can affect the long-term and seasonal dynamics of parasite infections. The study, led by Penn State University scientists, assessed the infection dynamics of two species of soil-transmitted parasites ... Read More

Phage feasting on an E. coli lawn

Bacteriophages were named because it appeared that the bacteria were being eaten by something. Here is a healthy E. coli strain (MG1655) that was mixed with a suspension of P1 phages and poured onto an agar plate. As the lawn of cells grew and covered the whole surface, plaques can be seen where... Read More

SOME CORAL-ALGAE COMBOS CAN HANDLE CLIMATE CHANGE

For some time, scientists have known that certain combinations of coral and algal species were more tolerant to temperature extremes than others, and therefore more likely to survive in the changing conditions predicted for the future. Read More

Rhizoid colony morphology

This feathery environmental sample is likely to be Bacillus mycoides, often recognized by its characteristic appearance. This particular bacterial specimen was propagated on GCB (gonococcal base) agar for several days at room temperature, with the plastic eyes added just prior to its disposal. Read More

Wealth of unsuspected new microbes expands tree of life

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, who have discovered more than 1,000 new types of bacteria and Archaea over the past 15 years lurking in Earth's nooks and crannies, have dramatically rejiggered the tree to account for these microscopic new life forms. Read More

Birds that eat at feeders more likely to get sick, spread disease

BLACKSBURG, Va., Sept. 17, 2015 - Wild songbirds that prefer to eat at bird feeders have an increased risk of acquiring a common eye disease. In turn, these birds also spread the disease more quickly to their flock mates, according to an international research team led by Virginia Tech scientist... Read More

SOME FROGS ARE EVOLVING TO SURVIVE A KILLER FUNGUS

As reported in a new study in the the journal Proceedings of Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, scientists have taken a step toward identifying the genetic mechanisms that makes some lowland leopard frogs in Arizona resistant to Batrachochrytrium dendrobatridis (Bd) infections that cause the ... Read More

UNC School of Medicine researchers prove HIV targets tissue macrophages

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Investigators in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine have clearly demonstrated that HIV infects and reproduces in macrophages, large white blood cells found in the liver, brain and connective tissues of the body. This dis... 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

Scarlet fever making a comeback

An international study led by University of Queensland (UQ) researchers has tracked the re-emergence of a childhood disease which had largely disappeared over the past 100 years. Read More

Alternaria change DTM agar colour

Alternaria and other demaziacee normally not change the DTM agar plates colour. This Alternaria isolated into Mycology Laboratory in Policlinic "G. Martino" - University of Messina, change the color on DTM agar. Read More

New and presumably tick-borne bacterium discovered in an Austrian fox

Adnan Hodzi from the Institute of Parasitology at the Vetmeduni Vienna is searching for pathogens transmitted by ticks. He is especially interested in wild carnivores (foxes and wolves) which could be a possible reservoir and source of infection for humans and other animals. Read More

First-in-man trial of MERS vaccine begins at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research

SILVER SPRING, Md. - The Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) began vaccinations today in a Phase 1 clinical trial to evaluate the safety and immune response of a vaccine candidate to prevent Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). Read More

TEST DETECTS ALL VIRUSES THAT INFECT YOU AND YOUR PET

A new test called ViroCap can detect thousands of viruses that make people and animals sick. Read More

Researchers uncover essential interaction between malaria parasites and liver cells

Scientists at the Center for Infectious Disease Research recently uncovered a critical piece in the puzzle of how malaria parasites infect their host. The work, recently published in Science Magazine, reveals the details of how the malaria parasite invades its initial target organ, the liver. Wi... Read More

Microbiology, Cartoons, and Take Home Lessons!

In this blog post, I describe how I had students create their own cartoon depicting microbiological ideas and concepts that most tickled their fancy. I did this on their final exam, and the students came up with really interesting and entertaining ideas. IT's always interesting to see what stu... Read More

SCIENTISTS FIND THE VIRUS THAT MAKES PIGLETS SHAKE

A newly discovered virus is the reason why some piglets shake so uncontrollably that they aren’t able to nurse. Read More

Happy snowless winter holidays!

Beautiful bacteria. Chromobacterium violaceum, S. aureus, and S. epidermidis Read More
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