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Getting a Knit Bacteriophage From a Former Student!

A former student dropped by my lab this morning, and brought me a gift: a knit bacteriophage! Many times, as educators, we hear what we haven't done well, or could do better. Sometimes, like today, we get a priceless "thank you" from a former student. Read More

Nassula ornata

Nikon Small World 2012 PHOTOMICROGRAPHY COMPETITION, IMAGE OF DISTINCTION, Wim van Egmond, Micropolitan Museum, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

Nassula ornata, conjugating ciliates 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

On a Cellular Level, We Are ALL Overachievers!

In this blog post, I show a science-cartoon by the great "Beatrice the Biologist" that illustrates an important point in my freshman introductory cell and molecular biology course: no matter how tired we might be, we are incredibly busy on a cellular level! Beatrice is a fine artist who underst... Read More

M. luteus/E.coli

Streak plate isolation of Micrococcus and E. coli mixed culture. Read More

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Salmonella and E. coli get festive on HE agar! Read More

Huge orange fungus?

This picture was taken in early October 2014 in the Washington, DC metro area. The temperature that week had been in the mid-70's during the day to the low 60's at night (Fahrenheit), and it hadn't been too humid. This had grown at the base of a tree, and was very large -- my hand is in there fo... Read More

Fungi on Tea

A group of fungi growing on the surface of stagnant black tea left open to the environment. I've found this leads to beautiful morphologies when I try it. Read More

Biology Plug N' Play

When you're hard drive fails, you order a new one online and then swap it out. Why can't we do that for biological parts as well? From DNA robots and "organs-on-a-chip" to nanobristles that grab-and-release drugs, this slideshow explores the two major goals of synthetic biology: to build new bio... Read More

Mycobacterium tuberculosis Bacteria

3D print of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacterium that causes tuberculosis. For more information, visit the NIH 3D Print Exchange at 3dprint.nih.gov.

Credit: National Institutes of Health (NIH) Read More

Aspergillus niger

Lactophenol cotton blue stain of Aspergillus niger Read More


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

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


This is the epitome of education offices in Indonesia , or often known by "Tut Wuri Handayani" . This emblem is made with the bacteria E. coli and Klebsiella sp . on Mac Conkey agar medium isolated from beverage cappuccino cincaw ( capcin )

both bacteria can be used as an indicator of water p... Read More

Strange Biology Inspires the Best New Materials

From the shiny, strong nacre that gives abalone shells an unbreakable, opaline sheen, to the goopy mix of proteins fired by a velvet worm that solidify and trap prey upon impact, nature is packed with inspiration for scientists designing new materials.

Waterproof adhesives and self-cleaning s... Read More

The Violet Louis Pasteur #agarart2015

The portrait of Louis Pasteur was drawn with Chromobacterium violaceum on Muller Hinton agar. Chromobacterium violaceum is a gram negative bacillus which is motile and a facultative anaerobe. These species are common inhabitants of the environment but occasionally can cause infections in animals... Read More

Happy phage

A cartoon drawing of a phage particle (loosely based on the E. coli bacteriophage T4) drawn with a yeast contaminant on an LB agar plate, incubated at room temperature for several days. Read More

Unfertilized egg Ascaris

Female ascaris release unfertilized eggs which are elongated in shape. Eggs are always bile stained. Children are more susceptible towards ascaris infestation. It is one of the major public health problem in developing countries. Read More

Pictures Considered. The E. coli Chromosome Caught in the Act of Replicating

We continue our series of images that have made a difference in microbiology. This one, published by John Cairns in 1963 has earned a most deserved place in textbooks and reviews. It shows a radioautograph of an intact E. coli chromosome in the act of replicating. From this image, Cairns conclud... Read More

Water drop like colonies on nitrogen free medium

I am Bibha Dahal, Graduate Teaching Assistant from South dakota State University, Brookings, SD. I have attached the image of nitrogen fixing bacteria, with water drop like appearance, grown on Nitrogen Free Medium, incubated at 28 degree Celsius for 4 days at microaerophilic condition.
Thank ... Read More
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