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Killer in a Capsule

Cryptococcus cells seen with India Ink staining from CSF of an HIV patient in Tanzania. Taken using nothing more than a smartphone camera. The negatively stained capsule is clearly visible, proving that with very simple techniques and a cellphone you can get very clear images of microorganisms Read More

Unknow FUngal contaminant on Lipid agar

Unknown fungal contaminant seen on Lipid agar after several months at refrigerated temperatures. Image taken using transmitted light to highlight the concentric rings of the colony. COlor was a dark brownish green. Read More

Study offers clearest picture yet of how HIV defeats a cellular defender

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- A new study offers the first atomic-scale view of an interaction between the HIV capsid - the protein coat that shepherds HIV into the nucleus of human cells - and a host protein known as cyclophilin A. This interaction is key to HIV infection, researchers say. Read More

Gut damage identified as cause of vaccine failure, malnutrition

It has been estimated that if every nutritional measure known to be helpful were applied to every child in the world, global malnutrition would be decreased by only a third. New research from the University of Virginia School of Medicine, the University of Vermont and the International Centre fo... Read More

Shiga toxin producing Escherichia coli on EMB agar

Shiga toxin producing Escherichia coli grown on EMB agar. The organism was isolated from smallholdings' cattle, Bangladesh. Read More

Happy snowless winter holidays!

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

Fighting viruses - amazing new 21st century lab

Looking out of the window isn’t something most office workers would consider a luxury. But then, most people don’t work in a maximum security, biosafety level 4 high-containment research facility, working to protect the UK’s multi-billion pound agricultural industry from dangerous and highly inf... Read More

E. coli colonies on Eosin Methylene Blue agar plate

Isolates colonies of E. coli with distinct green metallic sheen on EMB agar plate. Culture isolated from drinking water sample 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

FDA-approved drug protects mice from Ebola

The recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa has claimed more than 11,300 lives and starkly revealed the lack of effective options for treating or preventing the disease. Progress has been made on developing vaccines, but there is still a need for antiviral therapies to protect health care workers a... Read More

The neurons in our gut help the immune system keep inflammation in check ROCKEFELLER UNIVERSITY

The immune system exercises constant vigilance to protect the body from external threats--including what we eat and drink. A careful balancing act plays out as digested food travels through the intestine. Immune cells must remain alert to protect against harmful pathogens like Salmonella, but th... Read More

Aberrant form of Proteus spp. in urine

A urine specimen was collected by catheterized patient and sent to our Mycology laboratory for fungi research.
Small and translucid colony have grown on Sabouraud Agar (50mg chloramphenicol) culture after a week.
Microscopic analysis was performed and unusually shaped, swollen and large organ... 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

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

Francis Crick Portrait in Living Light!

This is as portrait of the late Francis Crick created by my wife Dr. Jennifer Quinn using "paint" of luminous bacteria. Photobacterium leignothi was grown in LB amended to 20g/l NaCl for a few hours until visible luminescence was detected visually. The liquid culture was painted onto amended L... Read More

TUT WURI HANDAYANI

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

EndoftheWorld Christmas

Petri dish Party... between green and brown Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Micrococcus sp., Staphylococcus aureus and Serratia marcescens Read More

Researcher pioneers bacterial infection treatment using novel target: Vesicles

Bacterial infection takes hold in the body when a pathogenic microorganism delivers toxins to healthy cells. One way bacteria accomplish this is by releasing vesicles, which act as tiny envelopes transporting toxins and other virulence factors to host cells. These toxins allow the bacteria to "m... 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
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