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Aspergillus sp. organisms

Magnified 562X this photomicrograph, stained using an “Aspergillus” conjugate fluorescent antibody (FA) staining technique, revealed the presence of Aspergillus sp. organisms, in a case of aspergillosis.
What is Aspergillus?

Aspergillus is a fungus (or mold) that is very common in the enviro... Read More

Tangential sections of hyphae of Mortierella sp. in a skin ulcer

Tangential sections of hyphae of Mortierella sp. in a skin ulcer Read More

Burkholderia cepacia

Scanning Electron Micrograph of Burkholderia cepacia.

Burkholderia cepacia is the name for a group or “complex” of bacteria that can be found in soil and water. B. cepacia bacteria are often resistant to common antibiotics.

B. cepacia poses little medical risk to healthy people. However,... Read More

Virology Art: Doilies

Artist Laura Splan has created some cool doilies using viral patterns:

'The design of each doily is based on the structure of a different virus. I begin with a digital image of the virus, which I then base a design on in a graphics editor. The design is then imported into computerized embroid... Read More

b324-1 clostridium ramosum, peptostreptococcus spp, peptococcus spp and bacteroides fragilis

b324-1 clostridium ramosum, peptostreptococcus spp, peptococcus spp and bacteroides fragilis Read More

b323-4 clostridium perfringens biochemical reactions 15x

b323-4 clostridium perfringens biochemical reactions 15x Read More

Infectious bronchitis virus (IBV) virions

This 1975 transmission electron micrograph (TEM) revealed the presence of a number of infectious bronchitis virus (IBV) virions, which are Coronaviridae family members, and members of the genus Coronavirus. IBV is a highly contagious pathogen, which infects poultry of all ages, affecting a numbe... Read More

"E. coli Happens"

E. coli was grown on MacConkey Agar (MAC) at 37 degrees for 24 hour. MAC is a Selective and Differential media used to inhibit G+ growth and some G- bacteria as well as identify and isolate lactose fermenting G- enteric bacteria mainly Enterobacteriaceae. Strong lactose fermentation produces pi... Read More

Enterococcus faecalis

The bacterium, Enterococcus faecalis, which lives in the human gut, is just one type of microbe that will be studied as part of NIH's Human Microbiome Project. Read More

Phialophora richardsiae

Magnified 1125X, this photomicrograph revealed some of the ultrastructural morphology displayed by the dematiaceous (pigmented) filamentous fungus, Phialophora richardsiae.

Note the septate hyphae from which sprout the short conidiophores, and still further distally one can see the flask-shap... Read More

HIV particles infecting a human T cell

Scanning electron micrograph of HIV particles infecting a human T cell. Credit: NIAID, NIH Read More

Neisseria gonorrhoeae diplococci

Type IV pilus filaments on Gram-negative bacterial pathogens control movement, attachment, immune escape, and natural transformation. Pili are attractive targets for vaccines and therapeutics because of the key role they play in bacterial virulence as well as their prominent cell surface exposur... Read More

Photomicrographs of smears of fowl blood showing Borrelia anserina

Photomicrographs of smears of fowl blood showing Borrelia anserina Read More

Yersinia pestis

As a closer view of PHIL 12265, this photograph depicts the colonial morphology displayed by Gram-negative Yersinia pestis bacteria, which was grown on a medium of sheep's blood agar (SBA), for a 72 hour time period, at room temperature. Y. pestis is the bacterium responsible for causing the inf... Read More

Crystal violet stained cocci

Crystal violet stained cocci. Tetrads, and diplococcal and staphylococcal arrangements are present. (approx. 1000 X). Taken from the Wistreich Collection, appearing exclusively on MicrobeWorld. Read More

Yeast go viral #agarart2015

Unlike human viruses that cause disease, yeast viruses do not cause any obvious illness in yeast. On the contrary, some viruses of yeast are beneficial and produce toxins that kill off competing yeast, allowing their host to thrive. We often think of viruses as agents of death and disease, but... Read More

Cyanobacteria Phormidium

Cyanobacteria (Phormidium) with the vital stain Sytox Green. Yellow/green cells are dead. Red is chlorophyll a fluorescence in live cells.

Photo Credit: Barry H. Rosen, USGS

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Proteus mirabilis colonies

Proteus mirabilis colonies on depleted medium in false color by Sune Dano and Kasper Dyring-Anderson. From Dr. James Shapiro's lab where he studies bacterial genetics, and is interested in pattern formation during colony growth. Photo from microbialart.com

Dr. James Shapiro is a Professor in ... 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

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
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