Phase contrast image of fresh water unicellular algae Haematococcus pluvialis colelcted at 100X. This species is well known for its high content of the strong antioxidant astaxanthin, which is important in aquaculture, various pharmaceuticals, and cosmetics. Fourth Prize, 2009 Olympus BioScapes ... Read More
A microscopic view of Spirogyra (eukaryote) and Oscillatoria (prokaryote). Taken from the Wistreich Collection, appearing exclusively on MicrobeWorld. 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
Acid fast colony (triple stain) in blood culture of a patient with untreated pulminary tuberculosis Read More
Cladosporium carrioni in chromomycosis. Brown Sclerotic cells. H & E stain Read More
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
Rockweed algae on rocks in cold ocean water. From the Wistreich Collecction, appearing exclusively on MicrobeWorld. Read More
This photomicrograph depicted a number of Gram-positive, endospore-forming Bacillus anthracis bacteria. B. anthracis is the pathologic microorganism responsible for the disease “anthrax”, an acute infectious disease, which most commonly occurs in wild and domestic vertebrates (cattle, sheep, goa... Read More
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.
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The winners of Olympus' annual live sciences photography competition are in, with the top 10 submissions revealing an entire world of microscopic wonder.
It's the 10th year of Olympus' BioScapes international digital-imaging competition — where photographers from around the globe can send in ... Read More
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
Gram stain of mixed culture of cocci and rods.Streptobacillus morphological arrangement is shown. (Approx X1000). Taken from the Wistreich Collection, appearing exclusively on MicrobeWorld. Read More
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
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
As the old saying goes, can beat a pound of the Shigella bacteria, seen here penetrating the intestinal mucosa of some poor soul.
Killing approx. 1 million people annually - most of them children, Shigella is best prevented by two simple strategies: washing hands before handling food & thorou... Read More