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The Institut Pasteur in French Guiana publishes the first complete genome sequence of the Zika virus

Having confirmed the first cases of infection in Suriname then in French Guiana, the Institut Pasteur in French Guiana has sequenced the complete genome of the Zika virus, which is responsible for an unprecedented epidemic currently sweeping through the tropical regions of the Americas. Publishe... Read More

EndoftheWorld Christmas

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

Bacterial Symbiosis?

Some kids & I have been swabbing their classroom, and this colony caught my eye, or is it two colonies living in a mutualistic relationship. Perhaps this is commensalism as the red one seems to really like the yellow one. Or perhaps it is the same colony of microbes, somehow producing two differ... Read More

Listeria: Hypervirulent strains with cerebral and placental tropism

Researchers from the Institut Pasteur, Inserm, CNRS and Paris Descartes - Sorbonne Paris Cité University recently published a large-scale study in Nature Genetics based on almost 7,000 strains of Listeria monocytogenes -- the bacterium responsible for human listeriosis, a severe foodborne infect... Read More

Unknown Fungal Contaminant/TSA #2

Two unknown airborne fungal isolated contaminant found on TSA. TSA plate was incubated for 2 months at 4 degrees C once fungal growth was seen. Concentric rings of color (pink/peach, green and white) can be seen throughout the colonies. Read More

Unknown isolate from table swab

Students swabbed the lab bench at the end of class. The TSA plate was grown for 48 hrs at 37 degrees C then let set for 2 days at room temperature. The close up of one of the colonies was matte/white through out, a smooth center with rhizoid growth then a feathery/powdery growth on the outer... Read More

Your viruses could reveal your travel history, and more

The genomes of two distinct strains of the virus that causes the common lip cold sore, herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1), have been identified within an individual person -- an achievement that could be useful to forensic scientists for tracing a person's history. The research also opens the d... Read More

christmas microbiology

The tree with E. coli (red), K. pneumoniae (green) and Proteus mirabilis (brown) in chromoagar orientation. Read More

3-D protein map offers new malaria vaccine hope

A three-dimensional 'map' of a critical protein that malaria parasites use to invade human red blood cells could lead to a vaccine countering the most widespread species of the parasite. Read More

State laws boost flu vaccination rates in health care workers

PITTSBURGH, March 2, 2016 - State laws mandating influenza immunization for people who work in health care increase their vaccination rates, according to new research led by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Read More

Unknown White Fungal contaminant on 7.5% NaCl BHI #2 different view

Different view of Unknown Fungal contaminant on 7.5% NaCl BHI after several month at refrigerated temperatures. White hyphae was seen spreading into the agar with no spore formation. Read More

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

The Streptomyces Sky

Streptomyces coelicolor is a filamentous, soil bacterium that is part of a large genus of bacteria that produces a variety of biologically active compounds. In addition, S. coelicolor is a model for prokaryotic development. Streptomyces colonies go through a series of developmental changes that ... Read More

Walter Reed Army Institute of Research begins phase 2 clinical trial of Ebola vaccine

SILVER SPRING, Md. - The Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) today announced the initiation of a Phase 2 clinical trial to evaluate the safety and immunogenicity of a prime-boost Ebola vaccine regimen in both healthy and HIV-infected study volunteers. Read More

VIBRIO CHOLERAE O1 ISOLATEDFROM HUMAN STOOL

THIS IS VIBRIO CHOLERAE O1 OGAWA ISOLATED FROM HUMAN STOOL SWAB PLATED ON BILE SALT AGAR Read More

People with rage disorder twice as likely to have latent toxoplasmosis parasite infection

Individuals with a psychiatric disorder involving recurrent bouts of extreme, impulsive anger--road rage, for example--are more than twice as likely to have been exposed to a common parasite than healthy individuals with no psychiatric diagnosis. Read More

Thumb print/Bacillus spp

Unknown Bacillus spp. seen on the tip of a thumb print from a 1st grader. A large TSA plate was used and culture was incubated for 24 hrs at 37 degree's C. Read More

Unidentified fungus on SDA isolated from Air

The organisms were isolated from air of office room and environmentally controlled layer breeder house in Bangladesh. Fungal identity was not confirmed. Read More

Colonial Variation in Serratia marcescens

A common denizen of the undergraduate microbiology laboratory, Serratia marcescens is well known for the production of a bright red pigment, prodigiosin. Prodigiosin has been investigated over many years for its possible antimicrobial, antifungal, and even antitumor effects. Still, the relevan... Read More

Who knew microbes could be so artistically inclined?

In the photo series "Impermanence," South Korean artist Seung-Hwan Oh creates colorful, otherworldly portraits with a little help from some "friends" — emulsion-consuming microbes, that is.

By immersing an exposed roll of medium-format positive film in water containing these bacteria and lea... Read More
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