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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

Rothia dentocariosa

Rothia dentocariosa. Granular microcolonies, 18 hour aerobic growth on trypticase soy agar (250X) 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

Neisseria meningitidis

Neisseria meningitidis. Differential sugar reactions. (1-8) 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

Cryptococcus neoformans

Cryptococcus neoformans in solitary nodule. Gridley stain (400X) Read More

Micrococcus luteus line inoculation

Line inoculation of Micrococcus luteus on a TSA slant showing Filiform, uniform growth, along the margin. Culture was grown for 3 days at 37 degrees, M. luteus usually takes 3+ days for good growth. Read More

Bacitracin test on Streptococcus pyogenes

Bacitracin test done on a lawn of Streptococcus pyogenes grown on blood agar. The zone of inhibition around the bacitracin disc, approx 14mm measuring the entire length of the zone, indicates sensitivity. The zone of inhibition is red because the red blood cells did not lyse. Grown for 24 hr... Read More

Tons of cucumbers discarded over E. coli fears

Click source to view images of workers throwing away cucumbers to be destroyed at an agriculture facility near Bucharest on Monday, June 6, as sales collapsed in Romania's markets due to the fear of E. coli contamination. Read More

Table Top swab

Swab taken from the lab table top and incubated on TSA for 48 hrs, left at room temperature for 72 hrs then held at refrigerated temperature for a month. Pictured is one of the resulting fungal growths: white with no spore formation, droplets can be seen as possible result of respiration. 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

Bacillus anthracis showing McFadyean's reaction

The slide was prepared from blood of infected animals (cattle). The smear was stained with poly-chrome methylene blue which demonstrated blue colored bacillary body and light pink colored capsule (McFadyean's reaction).

The animal had the symptoms of high fever, convulsion and sudden death. ... Read More

Byssochlamys sp.

Byssochlamys sp. Penicillate sporulation (1008X) Read More

Blastomyces dermatitidis

Blastomyces dermatitidis in pus from a dressing. Two characteristic budding cells are present. Note broad base building Read More

photograph of carcass of swine showing lesions of swine erysipelas (b&w)

photograph of carcass of swine showing lesions of swine erysipelas (b&w) Read More

Salmonella typhimurium

This photograph depicts the colonial growth pattern displayed by Salmonella typhimurium bacteria cultured on a Hektoen enteric (HE) agar medium; S. typhimurium colonies grown on HE agar are blue-green in color, for this organism is a lactose non-fermenter, but it does produce hydrogen sulfide, (... Read More

Influenza Virions (1973)

This colorized negative-stained transmission electron micrograph (TEM) depicts the ultrastructural details of a number of influenza virus particles, or “virions”. A member of the taxonomic family Orthomyxoviridae, the influenza virus is a single-stranded RNA organism

The flu is a contagious r... 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


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


Simple stain done on an unknown bacteria, showing feathery rhizoid growth on TSA after a 48 hr incubation at 37 degree’s C, isolated from a floor swab. Single bacillus and diplobacillus can be seen though out. Read More
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