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Leukemia treatment - immune system T-cells (center) binding to beads which cause the cells to divide

This microscopy image provided by Dr. Carl June, shows immune system T-cells, center, binding to beads which cause the cells to divide. The beads, depicted in yellow, are later removed, leaving pure T-cells which are then ready for infusion to the cancer patients. Scientists are reporting the fi... Read More

Bacillus subtilis

Streak plate isolation showing colonial morphology of Bacillus subtilis on trypticase soy agar (TSA) incubated for 24 hours at 37oC. Note the rough and dry/matte texture characteristic of this organism’s growth. Read More

The results of a pour plate using Serratia marcescens as the inoculum

The results of a pour plate using Serratia marcescens as the inoculum. Taken from the Wistreich Collection, appearing exclusively on MicrobeWorld. Read More

Filamentous bacterium

Raw sewage. Filamentous bacterium, note the polymeric material Read More

Plasmodium gallinaceum

This is a scanning electron micrograph of Plasmodium gallinaceum, which causes malaria in poultry, invading the midgut of the Aedes aegypti mosquito.
Credit: NIAID

"Fighting Drug-Resistant Malaria"
Rick Fairhurst and Others at NIAID Go Global
By Kristofor Langlais, NICHD, for the NIH Catal... Read More

Colorful cells

Actin (purple), microtubules (yellow), and nuclei (green) are labeled in these cells by immunofluorescence. This image won first place in the Nikon 2003 Small World photo competition.

Torsten Wittmann, Scripps Research Institute Read More

Exophiala jeanselmei

Exophiala jeanselmei. Note long slender conidiophores with terminal sporulation. Secondary budding of conidia is rare. LCB mount. 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

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

A Microbial Hallowe'en, Part I

My mathematician wife "painted" onto a marine nutrient plate using a bioluminescent bacterium---as you can see, she loves Einstein. And I love microbiology. Hence the intersection! Read More

Invisible Residents

The Human Microbiome Project has spent two years surveying bacteria and other microbes at different sites on 242 healthy people. The chart below hints at the complex combinations of microbes living in and on the human body.

The New York Times - Science Read More

Spiraled microbe

Photograph of 400X magnified image of biogas digestor sample. A strange spiraled type microbe seen (probably like left handed DNA helix). The microbe is shown with an arrow. Has anyone seen such microbial structure? Read More

MaConkey Agar (Mac)

Organisms grown on MacConkey Agar at 37 degrees for 24 hours.
-Important Ingredients: crystal violet, bile salts, neutral red (color indicator), lactose
-Differential: used to identify and isolate lactose fermenting G- enteric bacteria mainly Enterobacteriaceae. Strong lactose fermentation pr... Read More

Hepatitis B virions with Dane particles

This digitally-colorized transmission electron micrograph (TEM) revealed the presence of hepatitis B virions. The large round virions are known as Dane particles.

Hepatitis means inflammation of the liver. Toxins, certain drugs, some diseases, heavy alcohol use, and bacterial and viral infec... Read More

Trichome

Pictured is a plant structure called a trichome that was found in a felines' urine sediment collected by cystocentesis. It is surrounded by many cocci and debris. The picture was taken with a smartphone at 400x magnification with no staining. Read More

Little brown bat: White-nose fungus

Little brown bat; close-up of nose with fungus, New York, Oct. 2008.
Credit: Photo courtesy Ryan von Linden/New York Department of Environmental Conservation

What is white-nose syndrome?
In February 2006 some 40 miles west of Albany, N.Y., a caver photographed hibernating bats with an unusu... Read More

Behind the scenes: Recording TWIM 40 at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

Here are photographs I took during our visit to Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory to record This Week in Microbiology #40. We roamed around campus scouting locations befo... Read More

1918 influenza virions

This negative stained transmission electron micrograph (TEM) shows recreated 1918 influenza virions that were collected from supernatants of 1918-infected Madin-Darby Canine Kidney (MDCK) cells cultures 18 hours after infection.

To separate these virions, the MDCK cells are spun down (centrif... Read More

Gram-negative rods

Gram-negative rods. (approx. 1000 X). Taken from the Wistreich Collection, appearing exclusively on MicrobeWorld. Read More

S. aureus on MSA Plate

For my medical microbiology course at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania we were asked to take a sample from our nose. Using a sterile cotton swab, a sample was taken from a nostril and then spread onto the Mannitol Salt Agar plate supplied. The plate was incubated at 37 degrees Celsius, then e... Read More
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