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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

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

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

Mycobacterium smegmatis line inoculation

Line inoculation of Mycobacterium smegmatis on a TSA slant showing friable, dry crusty, growth. Culture was grown for 3 days at 37 degrees. 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

A world in microscope

This is a photo of Bacillus subtilis sporulation on Phase contrast microscope. I take the photo by Canon camera! I love the photo this is a first time I have a good image on Phase contrast microscope.
I think, we should dilute the sample before carrying out the template.
Use the lame side, put... Read More

INDIA INK Preparation for Cryptococcus .

india ink preparation for cryptococcus neoformans.

this organisism is isolated from suspected of cryptococcosis from HIV infected patient, 45yrs/M.this work is performed at , deparment of Mycology at TU, Teaching Hospital, Ktm, nepal.
Phenotypic test done for conformation of this organisms... 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

Unknown Bacillus spp Overgrowing another colony

Unknown Bacillus spp grown on TSA, seen on the tip of a ring finger imprint, overgrowing another unknown colony. Read More

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Salmonella and E. coli get festive on HE agar! 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

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


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

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

Exophiala dermatitidis morphology

Colonies are initially black and yeast-like, becoming suede-like, olivaceous grey and mould-like with age. This photo show the morphology of colony after a week.

Credits: F. d'Aleo - B. Rogolino - A. Barbaro
Ospedale Bianchi Melacrino Morelli - Unità di Microbiologia 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

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

Streptococcus pyogenes Bacitracin Test

Growth Inhibition of Streptococcus pyogenes by Bacitracin. Streptococcus pyogenes is sensitive to bacitracin and will not grow around the antibiotic-containing disc. The other beta hemolytic streptococci are not sensitive to bacitracin. Isolated of Beatrice Rogolino M.Sc - photo Francesco d'Aleo... Read More

Bacillus anthracis showing McFadyean's reaction

The slide was prepared from blood of infected animals (cattle). The smear was stained with poly-chrome methylene blue which demonstrated blue colored bacillary body and light pink colored capsule (McFadyean's reaction).

The animal had the symptoms of high fever, convulsion and sudden death. ... 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
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