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Vincent van Gogh's "The Starry Night" #agarart2015

While not original art, it’s still a fun piece. BBL’s CHROMagar Orientation agar is the canvas for this piece of agar art. Chromogens in the agar release a colored compound when hydrolyzed by specific enzymes allowing certain bacteria to appear different colors on it. The brown color is Proteus... Read More

Stanford researchers genetically engineer yeast to produce opioids

For thousands of years, people have used yeast to ferment wine, brew beer and leaven bread. Now researchers at Stanford have genetically engineered yeast to make painkilling medicines, a breakthrough that heralds a faster and potentially less expensive way to produce many different types of pla... Read More

New resource makes gene-editing technology even more user friendly

Researchers at Harvard University and the University of California, San Diego, have developed a new user-friendly resource to accompany the powerful gene editing tool called CRISPR/Cas9, which has been widely adopted to make precise, targeted changes in DNA. This breakthrough has the potential t... Read More

Aspergillus niger

Lactophenol cotton blue stain of Aspergillus niger Read More

New method to treat antibiotic resistant MRSA: Bacteriophages

MRSA is bad news. If you've never heard of it, here's what you need to know: It's pronounced MER-suh, it's a nasty bacterial infection and it can cause serious disease and death. Read More

Unwashed vs washed hand

Students in the summer STEM program at Cabrillo (these were college age students) were asked to do a handprint of their unwashed hand then of their hand after washing. This is a before and after of what the majority of the plates looked like. Plates were incubated for 48 hrs at 37 degrees C ... Read More

Lab Agar Drawings: Chromobacterium violaceum shaped into Biohazard Symbol

Created by: Michelle Vu, Research Associate, BS Microbiology
Isolate: Chromobacterium violaceum
Agar: Mueller Hinton Agar
Incubation Conditions: 24 hours at 37C + 24 hours at Room Temperature

Pictured is Chromobacterium violaceum shaped in a biohazard symbol. This drawing was done at a mic... Read More

Chip-based technology enables reliable direct detection of Ebola virus

A team led by researchers at UC Santa Cruz has developed chip-based technology for reliable detection of Ebola virus and other viral pathogens. The system uses direct optical detection of viral molecules and can be integrated into a simple, portable instrument for use in field situations where r... Read More

Cooties Catcher/Hand print

I was asked to consult on a hand print experiment done in a public school in NY showing what grows on our hands and the importance of hand washing....did not know I was going to be in it. A nice start to finish hand print "experiment" in a short 2 min video. Note: 1). I was not consulted on th... Read More

Simple intervention can moderate anti-vaccination beliefs, study finds

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- It might not be possible to convince someone who believes that vaccines cause autism that they don't. Telling skeptics that their belief is not scientifically supported often backfires - strengthening, rather than weakening, their anti-vaccine views. But researchers say they h... Read More

"Never Really Alone" with Seth Bordenstein (Including Current News!)

This blog post describes a "video meeting" between Seth Bordenstein and my freshman writing class in the Fall of 2014. My freshman class revolved around ideas in symbioses and parasitism, so Seth's ideas regarding holobionts and the hologenome were particularly apt. Furthermore, last week Seth... Read More

It takes a village... to ward off dangerous infections? New microbiome research suggests so

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Like a collection of ragtag villagers fighting off an invading army, the mix of bacteria that live in our guts may band together to keep dangerous infections from taking hold, new research suggests. Read More

ANTIBIOTICS DON’T POP BACTERIA LIKE A BALLOON

The days when antibiotics worked reliably and scientists could assume they worked directly—like popping a balloon—are fading. As resistance mounts, understanding how antibiotics really work could be the key to sustaining their efficacy. Read More

Pseudomonas aeruginosa with pyoverdine extracellular pigment

This strain of Pseudomonas aeruginosa isolated from wound make a green pigment: pyoverdine. Pyoverdine is a fluorescent siderophores for to acquire iron.
Pyoverdine biosynthesis in Pseudomonas aeruginosa and fluorescent Pseudomonads is a complex process.

Credits: dr. Francesco d'Aleo & Robe... Read More

Detecting HIV diagnostic antibodies with DNA nanomachines

New research may revolutionize the slow, cumbersome and expensive process of detecting the antibodies that can help with the diagnosis of infectious and auto-immune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and HIV. An international team of researchers have designed and synthetized a nanometer-scale... Read More

Penicillium

Lactophenol cotton blue stain of Penicillium species Read More

Vaccination on the horizon for severe viral infection of the brain

Researchers from the University of Zurich and the University Hospital Zurich reveal possible new treatment methods for a rare, usually fatal brain disease. Thanks to their discovery that specific antibodies play a key role in combating the viral infection, a vaccine against the disease "progress... 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

Beauty of Nocardia asteroides Colonies on Blood Agar

Nocardia asteroides isolation from blood specimen. On culture, chalky white colonies were seen on blood agar. Image courtesy MicrobeWorld user Kyriakos Zaragkoulias, Specialty Registrar (StR) in Medical Microbiology at General Hospital of Thessaloniki “G. Papanikolaou”, Greece.


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Evolutionary war between microorganisms affecting human health, IU biologist says

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Health experts have warned for years that the overuse of antibiotics is creating "superbugs" able to resist drugs treating infection. Read More
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