Cross-section through the center of a three-dimensional (3D) reconstruction of P22 phage, which is a virus that infects Salmonella bacteria. P22 contains many copies each of nine different viral proteins and a single copy of a double-stranded DNA genome (shown in green). The centrally located po... Read More
Virus-bacterium associations were examined in the natural environment of a termite's hindgut. Three general scenarios were seen. In the first (1) there was a one-to-one association: one type of virus matched one type of bacterium host. In the second (2) the host bacterium was associated wi... Read More
Cyanobacteria (Phormidium) with the vital stain Sytox Green. These cells are dead (green). White arrow shows other bacteria living in association with the cyanobacteria. Read More
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
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
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
At a magnification of 1125X, this photomicrograph revealed some of the ultrastructural morphology exhibited by a Histoplasma capsulatum fungal macroconidium. The reproductive spores produced by H. capsulatum can be either macroconidia or microconidia. It is the macroconidia that exhibits finger-... Read More
Electron micrograph of a longitudinal section through budding yeast cells Read More
One of the most famous pictures of the Vaadhoo Island comes from a night where dots of light seemed to float to the shore. They made the cost look like it was covered in stars.
At night, it is not uncommon for Bio-luminescent microbes called Phytoplankton to be seen along the coast, though even... Read More
Under a low magnification of 5X, this photograph depicted a number of Legionella pneumophila colonies that had been cultivated on Feeley-Gorman (FG) agar. Note the “cut-glass” appearance displayed by the round, off-white colored colonies. FG agar is used particularly in the cultivation of Legion... Read More
In a healthy adult human body, most internal organs such as the brain, spleen, liver, and heart are devoid of microorganisms because the immune system keeps them in check. After human host death, however, the immune system falters and microorganisms proliferate throughout the body beginning in ... Read More
This illustration depicts an Anopheles sp. mosquito transmitting sporozoites while obtaining a blood meal.
During a blood meal, a malaria-infected female Anopheles sp. mosquito inoculates its human host with sporozoites, which then infect human liver cells, where they mature into schizonts, w... Read More
B. anthracis Colony Characteristics: A. Consistency sticky (tenacious). When teased with loop, colony will stand up like beaten egg white.
Gram-negative rods, possibly E. coli. (approx. 1000 X). Taken from the Wistreich Collection. Read More
This baby seal was found on the sea ice near McMurdo Station during one of many excursions to collect soil samples for microbiological analysis. During November and December, there are many baby seals in the area. Photo taken by Hubert Staudigel from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and... Read More
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
This episode: Bacteria are important for a good immune response to unadjuvanted influenza vaccines!
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