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Paramecium caudatum

Nikon Small World Honorable Mention 2010 photomicrography competition, Gerd A. Guenther, Düsseldorf, NRW, Germany

Subject Matter: Paramecium caudatum fed with Congo red-stained yeast, living specimen (600x)
Technique: Differential interference contrast Read More

Tapeworm Echinococcus granulosus Hydatid Cyst

Echinococcus granulosus is a tapeworm parasite that in its larval form can cause hydatid disease, which is characterized by cysts forming within the victim's body. In order to complete its lifecycle, the tapeworm must infect two hosts, a carnivore and a herbivore.

The adult form of Echinococc... Read More

Microbiology Wreath

Dr. Donna Stolz of the University of Pittsburgh assembled a wreath collage of mammalian cells stained for various proteins and organelles magnified from 220x to 2000x.

Nikon’s Small World Photomicrography Competition Read More

ESLB strain of Klebsiella spp

phenomenon called "champagne cork"
have waited half year to catch a strain like that. Read More

Using Wordcloud-Reponses to Discover How Students Perceive Concepts in the Classroom

In this blog, I share some "first word that comes to mind" responses of my freshman biology class to the words "germ," "bacteria," "cell," and "DNA." The way that we perceive an idea or concept definitely impacts our relationship with it. Thus, finding out what students think, coming into our ... Read More

Colorful cells

Actin (purple), microtubules (yellow), and nuclei (green) are labeled in these cells by immunofluorescence. This image won first place in the Nikon 2003 Small World photo competition.

Torsten Wittmann, Scripps Research Institute Read More

Influenza Virions (1973)

This colorized negative-stained transmission electron micrograph (TEM) depicts the ultrastructural details of a number of influenza virus particles, or “virions”. A member of the taxonomic family Orthomyxoviridae, the influenza virus is a single-stranded RNA organism

The flu is a contagious r... Read More

Haematococcus, Euplotes, and Cyclidium

Haematococcus (algae), Euplotes (protozoa), and Cyclidium (ciliate) (400x)

2012 Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition, Charles Krebs, Issaquah, Washington, USA Read More

Listeria monocytogenes against brain macrophages.

Listeria monocytogenes has a particular tropism for the central nervous system. To gain knowledge about the immune response elicited by L. monocytogenes in the brain, we used a rat ex-vivo organotypic nervous system culture as a model for Listeria infection. Brain sections were maintained severa... Read More

Self-organizing proteins

Under the microscope, an E. coli cell lights up like a fireball. Each bright dot marks a surface protein that tells the bacteria to move toward or away from nearby food and toxins. Using a new imaging technique, researchers can map the proteins one at a time and combine them into a single image.... Read More

Physarum polycephalum Different view

Physarum polycephalum, slime mold, grown in a large perti plate on moist paper towels using oatmeal as the food source. Culture was grown in the dark at room temperature. The paper towel was moistened every day with tap water. After 3 week’s the culture formed sporangia (fruiting bodies). Image ... Read More

Parasite Nippostrongylus brasiliensis

Nikon Small World Image of Distinction 2011 photomicrography competition, Sinclair Stammers, Science Photo Library, UK

Nippostrongylus brasiliensis (rat nematode parasite) (560x)
Technique: Differential Interference Contrast Read More

Plasmodium yoelii nigeriensis

Colorized scanning electron micrograph of malaria (Plasmodium yoelii nigeriensis) oocysts ( thick-walled structure in which sporozoan zygotes develop) developing on the midgut wall of the mosquito Anopheles.

Credit: Hilary Hurd, Wellcome Images Read More

Toxoplasma gondii oocysts from cat feces

Toxoplasma gondii oocysts from cat feces. Taken from the Wistrich Collection. Read More

Gram-negative rods

Gram-negative rods, possibly E. coli. (approx. 1000 X). Taken from the Wistreich Collection. Read More

Red vs Yellow Microbial Hills

Pigments of the Fungi Read More

Behind the scenes: Recording TWIM 40 at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

Here are photographs I took during our visit to Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory to record This Week in Microbiology #40. We roamed around campus scouting locations befo... Read More

The incredible tiny world of microbiology

The winners of Olympus' annual live sciences photography competition are in, with the top 10 submissions revealing an entire world of microscopic wonder.

It's the 10th year of Olympus' BioScapes international digital-imaging competition — where photographers from around the globe can send in ... Read More

Invisible Residents

The Human Microbiome Project has spent two years surveying bacteria and other microbes at different sites on 242 healthy people. The chart below hints at the complex combinations of microbes living in and on the human body.

The New York Times - Science Read More

Supernova bacteria

Bacteria engineered to act as genetic clocks flash in synchrony. Here, a "supernova" burst in a colony of coupled genetic clocks just after reaching critical cell density. Superimposed: A diagram from the notebook of Christiaan Huygens, who first characterized synchronized oscillators in the 17t... Read More

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