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Roman toilets gave no clear health benefit, and Romanization actually spread parasites

The Romans are well known for introducing sanitation technology to Europe around 2,000 years ago, including public multi-seat latrines with washing facilities, sewerage systems, piped drinking water from aqueducts, and heated public baths for washing. Romans also developed laws designed to keep ... 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

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

Microbe vs. Mineral - A Life and Death Struggle in the Desert

Although the bursts of rainbow colors in this photograph are mesmerizing, microbes fight for their lives in the background. Chemist Michael P. Zach of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, snapped this image of a salt sample he collected in a hot, arid valley near Death Valley National Park... Read More

Funny Red Gram Negative bacterium on Macconkey agar

On the Macconkey agar grow Gram Negative bacteria. In this image a funny red bacterium grow on the top other bacteria.
We have isolated in Ospedale Riuniti - Servizio di Microbiologia Read More

Environmental Isolate from Microbiology Lab

This was an environmental isolate collected from students in an introductory microbiology lab. The sample was collected from a soap dispenser using a cotton swab and spread on a TSA plate, followed by incubation at 37 degrees Celsius for 48 hours. This organism has an interesting and beautiful r... Read More

U of T research sheds new light on mysterious fungus that has major health consequences

Researchers at the University of Toronto examined fungi in the mucus of patients with cystic fibrosis and discovered how one particularly cunning fungal species has evolved to defend itself against neighbouring bacteria. 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

Enterococcus faecalis

Enterococcus faecalis grown on blood agar for 48 hrs at 37 degree's C. Small, pin point, circular colonies can be seen with gamma hemolysis (no hemolysis of the blood agar). Colonies were white with a glossy translucent appearance. 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

Fun Agar Drawings: Chromobacterium violaceum, Staphylococcus aureus

Isolate: Chromobacterium violaceum, Staphylococcus aureus
Agar: Mueller Hinton Agar
Incubation Conditions: 24 hours at 37C + 24 hours at Room Temperature
Created by: Michelle Vu, Research Associate, BS Microbiology

Pictured is Chromobacterium violaceum and Staphylococcus aureus shaped in a... Read More

Broad, MIT scientists overcome key CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing hurdle

Researchers at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard and the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT have engineered changes to the revolutionary CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing system that significantly cut down on "off-target" editing errors. The refined technique addresses one of the major t... 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

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

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

ASM agar Art

The American society of microbiology logo was replicated on the agar plate.
The outlined microscope was made on Trypic soy agar (TSA) using an environmental isolate. This environmental isolate was identified using DNA sequencing to be Micrococcus luteus. M. luteus is a Gram-positive obligate a... Read More

UC San Diego scientists receive $9.5 million NIH grant to combat antibiotic resistance

Researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have received a five-year, $9.5-million award from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to establish an interdisciplinary center to define the systems biology of ... Read More

Human handouts could be spreading disease from birds to people

Athens, Ga. - People feeding white ibises at public parks are turning the normally independent birds into beggars, and now researchers at the University of Georgia say it might also be helping spread disease. Read More

Funky mix

Saburo,secret ingredient, 3 days, room temperature . Bacteria and fungi from shoes. Read More

Immune response to flu vaccine linked to recipients' ethnic background

BOSTON -- How well a flu shot protects you from the virus can depend on your ethnic background and other inherited factors, report Dana-Farber Cancer Institute scientists. Read More
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