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Spiraled microbe

Photograph of 400X magnified image of biogas digestor sample. A strange spiraled type microbe seen (probably like left handed DNA helix). The microbe is shown with an arrow. Has anyone seen such microbial structure? Read More

BacterioFiles 196 - Flagellin Facilitates Flu-shot Function

This episode: Bacteria are important for a good immune response to unadjuvanted influenza vaccines!

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Pictured is a plant structure called a trichome that was found in a felines' urine sediment collected by cystocentesis. It is surrounded by many cocci and debris. The picture was taken with a smartphone at 400x magnification with no staining. Read More

Feeling Blue, Trypanosoma brucei

Trypanosoma brucei, a protozoan parasite, is the causative agent of African sleeping sickness in humans (T. b. gambiense and T. b. rhodesiense) and nagana in cattle (T. b. brucei). These diseases result in much economic hardship and morbidity in Sub-Saharan Africa. The life cycle of these organi... Read More

"I kissed a plate... and I liked it."

What do you get when you kiss a Petri dish? Bacteria and yeast colonies that grow into a pretty collage composed of different colors and morphologies. This is an LB agar plate incubated at room temperature for several days. Read More

Beauty of Ecoli colony in EMB plate

Ecoli isolated from food sample in our laboratory Read More

The Hidden Life of Microscopic Fungi

Most mushrooms actually do not produce the visible fruiting bodies known to us as boletus, champignons, or toadstools. Many fungal species are the familiar “mold” and other unappetizing films, or are completely unknown to us. Here, you can discover some of the remarkable shapes and lifestyles of... Read More

Escherichia coli on Endo Agar

E. coli on Endo Agar from my class of Water and Food Microbiology. Read More

fluorescent from Chicago River!

A group of students (Adrienne Linzemann, Jose Aveja, Elsa quintero), staff (William Thompson), and faculty (Farahnaz Movahedzadeh) from Harold Washington College participated in Chicago River interdisciplinary project with the leadership of VP Margie Martyn, and isolated Pseudomonas fluorescens ... Read More

Human African trypanosomiasis

A false-coloured scanning electron microscope image of an African trypanosome, the parasite which causes sleeping sickness. Read More

Brain infection study reveals how disease spreads from gut

Diagnosis of deadly brain conditions could be helped by new research that shows how infectious proteins that cause the disease spread. Read More

Can You Protect Your Tummy From Traveler's Diarrhea?

It goes by many names: Delhi belly. Montezuma's revenge. The Aztec two-step. But doctors use one not-so-glamorous term: traveler's diarrhea. Read More

MaConkey Agar (Mac)

Organisms grown on MacConkey Agar at 37 degrees for 24 hours.
-Important Ingredients: crystal violet, bile salts, neutral red (color indicator), lactose
-Differential: used to identify and isolate lactose fermenting G- enteric bacteria mainly Enterobacteriaceae. Strong lactose fermentation pr... Read More

Unknown - Identification Help Please

I am in need of some assistance in Identifying a bacteria species. I am unable to locate a match in Bergey's Manual. Our copy is 20 years out of date. I know the photo isnt great, it was taken with a cell phone. The colonies are hot pink and were cultured on TSA slant. It is gram + micrococci, i... Read More

S. aureus on MSA Plate

For my medical microbiology course at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania we were asked to take a sample from our nose. Using a sterile cotton swab, a sample was taken from a nostril and then spread onto the Mannitol Salt Agar plate supplied. The plate was incubated at 37 degrees Celsius, then e... Read More

Giardia protozoan

This digitally-colorized scanning electron micrograph (SEM) depicted the dorsal (upper) surface of a Giardia protozoan that had been isolated from a rat’s intestine. Some of the identifying morphologic characteristics include pairs of thread-like flagella that facilitate motility, and a ventolat... Read More

Beautiful image of different microbes in CLED medium

This image results from a project called "Initiation to microbiology investigation" accomplished by young students, where they collected a sample from a table surface and by inoculation they put it in CLED (cystine lactose electrolyte deficient) medium. Beautiful colonies of bacteria and fungu... Read More

Toxoplasma parasite's greedy appetite may be its downfall

Toxoplasma gondii is estimated to chronically infect nearly one-third of the world's population, causing the condition Toxoplasmosis. It is most commonly associated with handling cat feaces and is a particular threat to pregnant women and immune-compromised individuals, such as HIV/AIDS patients... Read More


Researchers have discovered the largest virus ever, and they've given it a terrifying name: Pandoravirus.

A typical virus is a tiny sack of genetic material that injects itself into a much larger cell and uses it to make more viruses. The Pandoravirus is enormous by comparison—large enough to... Read More

Female blacklegged deer tick, Ixodes scapularis

With its abdomen engorged with a host blood meal, this image depicts a lateral, or side view of a female blacklegged, or deer tick, Ixodes scapularis.
The blacklegged or deer tick, Ixodes scapularis, transmits Lyme disease, a disease caused by a spiral shaped bacterial microbe, Borrelia burgdor... Read More
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