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Breast cancer drug beats superbug

Researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences have found that the breast cancer drug tamoxifen gives white blood cells a boost, better enabling them to respond to, ensnare and kill bacteria in laboratory experiment... 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

Role of breast cell infection in flu transmission between mothers and breast-feeding ferrets

Influenza is known as an infectious respiratory disease, but a study published on October 8th in PLOS Pathogens suggests that infected cells in breast tissues could play a role in virus transmission from mothers to breast-feeding infants and vice versa using a ferret model. Read More

How I Became a Microbial Supremacist...

In this third installment of my "Mu-Tube" video series about microbiology and microbiology education, I discuss how I was initially labeled a "microbial supremacist" as a joke, and then embraced the title with enthusiasm. I also show many examples of the microbiology-related art I use to encour... Read More

Happy Halloween Plate

Saw your plates in my facebook feed and i'd like to share one a diagnostic microbiology professor made for our class.
I would have to ask or pull out a text book to remember the specifics of the plate. It's an identification plate that will tell you one or two things about a specific bacteria'... Read More

Snazzy fungal contaminant on YPD

Found this one and one very like it growing on an old YPD (yeast extract, peptone, dextrose) agar plate. Read More

UV light robots cut c. diff transmissions by 25 percent on cancer patient floors

SAN DIEGO--Robots are capable of all sorts of tasks to help better treat cancer: They connect oncologists to patients remotely, make incisions, staple them shut, deliver "nano" therapies--and they clean rooms. New research from Penn Medicine infection control specialists found that ultraviolet (... 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

EL NIÑO HEAT SETS OFF WAVES OF DENGUE FEVER

New research shows that epidemics of dengue—caused by a mosquito-borne virus—across southeast Asia appear to be linked to the abnormally high temperatures brought by the El Niño weather phenomenon. Read More

Hibernating bats mount a partial immune response against white nose fungus

White-nose syndrome (WNS), an invasive skin infection caused by the Pseudogymnoascus destructans (Pd) fungus has killed millions of bats since it was first seen in North America in 2007. A analysis of gene expression in hibernating bats infected with the destructive fungus published on October 1... Read More

Unknown black puffball

Unknown black puffball seen growing on the bark of a fallen oak tree in the Santa Cruz Mt's, CA. There were numerous puffball all about the size of a dime. Read More

Unknown contaminant of water testing plates

This picture is taken in microbiology laboratory where i am doing job. I just found out this bacterial colony from water testing plates that was incubated at 30-35°C. But i am unable to identify this bacteria on basis of colony morphology and biochemical charecterstics. The colour of the bacte... Read More

Brown Beauty

Aspergillus terreus grown on Sabouraud's Dextrose Agar Read More

Rhodococcus equi

Synergistic hemolysis of Rhodococcus equi with Staphylococcus aureus. Read More

Trichosporon on Chromogenic agar

Trichosporon are anamorphic fungi which belongs to the family Trichosporonaceae.Most of them are being isolated from soil but can also occur as part of normal microbiota of humans. Trichosporon species are also capable of causing severe opportunistic infections in immunocompromised individuals. Read More

The Orange Queen

Rhodotorula species growing on Sabouraud's Dextrose Agar . Rhodotorula spp belonging to the family Sporidiobolaceae are pigmented Basidiomyceteous yeasts.They are ubiquitous.Previously considered non-pathogenic, Rhodotorula spp are now emerging pathogens known to cause infections in humans.Out o... Read More

The Orange Queen

Rhodotorula species growing on Sabouraud's Dextrose Agar . Rhodotorula spp belonging to the family Sporidiobolaceae are pigmented Basidiomyceteous yeasts.They are ubiquitous.Previously considered non-pathogenic, Rhodotorula spp are now emerging pathogens known to cause infections in humans.Out o... Read More

DART protein shows potential as shock-and-kill strategy against HIV

DURHAM, N.C. - A unique molecule developed at Duke Medicine, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and MacroGenics, Inc., is able to bind HIV-infected cells to the immune system's killer T cells. It could become a key part of a shock-and-kill strategy being developed in the hope of one... Read More

TEST DETECTS ALL VIRUSES THAT INFECT YOU AND YOUR PET

A new test called ViroCap can detect thousands of viruses that make people and animals sick. Read More

Molecular 'kiss of death' flags pathogens

DURHAM, N.C. -- Many bugs that make us sick -- bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites -- hide out in our cells in protective little bubbles called vacuoles. To clear an infection, the immune system must recognize and destroy these vacuoles while leaving the rest of the living cell intact. Read More

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