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Basidiobolus haptosporus

Basidiobolus haptosporus. Hypha in subcutaneous phycomycosis granuloma. Read More

Tropical Fish and Bacterial Mat

At East Diamante volcano (195 m, 640 ft depth), tropical fish swim above boulders covered with bacterial mat, which indicates the presence of hydrothermal venting. These fish live in the reef community above and are about 15 cm long (6 in). Read More

From Microbes to Crude

Accompanying the previous NYT article 'Tracing Oil Reserves to their Tiny Origins" is this graphic which depicts the oil formation process. Read More

Blastomyces dermatitidis

Blastomyces dermatitidis. Yeast stage from 2-day culture on blood agar at 37 . Note double refractile cell wall Read More

Toxoplasma gondii

Toxoplasma gondii - schizogony from cat gut Read More

Blastomyces dermatitidis

Blastomyces dermatitidis in giant cells. Fungi are usually numerous and below average size in these giant cells Read More

Blastomyces dermatitidis

Blastomyces dermatitidis in patient from South Africa. This patient and the one from Uganda were the second and third African patients recognized, and general acceptance of blastomycosis as an African mycosis dates from these diagnoses Read More

Microbe vs. Mineral: A Life and Death Struggle in the Desert

The bursts of rainbow colors in this photograph are mesmerizing, yet microbes are fighting for their lives in the background. Michael P. Zach of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, snapped this image of a salt sample he collected in a hot, arid valley near Death Valley National Park in Ca... Read More

Plasmodium malariae

Plasmodium malariae band form trophozoite (1000X) Read More

Got one nasty sucker here folks . . .

Seen here via immunohistochemical staining of a gastric biopsy is the Heliobacter Pylori bacteria, or H. Pylori if you're in a hurry.
Able to survive the intensely acidic environment that is the human stomach, H. Pylori actually gets downright comfortable there. The bacterium has flagella and... Read More

Coccidioidomycosis. Map of endemic areas.

Coccidioidomycosis. Map of endemic areas (outlined on black) in South America Read More

Plasmodium ovale

Plasmodium ovale amoeboid troph showing fimbriated RBC. (1000X) Read More

Algae and Diatoms

This image by Dr. Arlene Wechezak, Anacortes, Washington, United States, won 10th place in Nikon's 2009 Small World microscopy competition. Nikon's Small World Twitter feed (@NikonSmallWorld) is currently showcasing algae and larvae that are in danger in the Gulf oil spill. Read More

Why we should wash our hands regularly #3

When I first saw this photomicrograph of Haemophilus influenzae via immunofluorescence, I thought of the opening days of the first Gulf War, when CNN showed wall to wall images of the bombing of Baghdad. The crude nightvision technologies available at the time rendered everything in that green/... Read More

Why we should wash our hands regularly #2

Because it isn't just for Establishment squares anymore!
As WellBee - debuted in 1964 - so aptly illustrates, (in a slightly dated style, considering the presence of readily available finger-nail toothpicks) simple hand washing is the most important tool available to prevent the spread of a who... Read More

Zoonotic villains #6 - Streptococcus group C

Mmmmm, kinda looks like couscous right?
Well, though it might resemble a tasty side dish that's beloved in the Maghreb, it's actually a gnarly bacteria that causes URI's (upper respiratory infections) in both humans & animals.
Humans can prevent it by refraining from drinking unpasteurized mil... Read More

Why we should wash our hands regularly #1

Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a common bacterium which can cause disease in animals and humans.
An equal opportunity offender, it uses a wide range of organic material for food; in animals, this versatility enables 'ol Pseudomon here to infect damaged tissues or people with reduced immunity.
The... Read More

Corona - but not the kind a good guest brings to your summer picnic

Remember SARS? Or the last time you had a nasty cold? Lay your troubles at this bad-boy's door.
In fact, SARS-CoV - the Corona variant that causes SARS - has the rather unique quality of causing both upper & lower respiratory infections, and gastroenteritis.
Note as well that the Coronavi... Read More

Here's the one that got me, Doctor

Having recently (and barely) recovered from a tangle w/ this character - the Norovirus - I've a new found respect for it's potency.
After all, anything that can reduce a grown man to a weak as a kitten, aching, cursing his immune system wretch should be rightly acknowledged as worthy. Read More

Paracoccidioides brasiliensis

Paracoccidioides brasiliensis. Tissue form grown in vitro at 37C Read More
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