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Whole genome analysis of Chlamydia trachomatis highlights risks with current method of tracking

In a study released today in Nature Genetics, researchers have found that Chlamydia has evolved more actively than was previously thought. Using whole genome sequencing the researchers show that the exchange of DNA between different strains of Chlamydia to form new strains is much more common th... Read More

Exophiala jeanselmei

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

Beauty of Ecoli colony in EMB plate

Ecoli isolated from food sample in our laboratory Read More

Got one nasty sucker here folks . . .

Seen here via immunohistochemical staining of a gastric biopsy is the Heliobacter Pylori bacteria, or H. Pylori if you're in a hurry.
Able to survive the intensely acidic environment that is the human stomach, H. Pylori actually gets downright comfortable there. The bacterium has flagella and... 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

Finger Inoculation Gram Stain 1000X

I just received a microscope the other day with a detachable USB camera! This is one of the first photos I took on it. Not the best as I'm still learning how to use it... but there are distinct Gram positive bacilli, cocci (diplococci I believe), and Gram negative bacilli from a finger inocula... 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

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

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

Filamentous bacterium

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

Beautiful image of different microbes in CLED medium

This image results from a project called "Initiation to microbiology investigation" accomplished by young students, where they collected a sample from a table surface and by inoculation they put it in CLED (cystine lactose electrolyte deficient) medium. Beautiful colonies of bacteria and fungu... 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

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

Gram-negative rods

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

Rockweed algae

Rockweed algae on rocks in cold ocean water. From the Wistreich Collecction, appearing exclusively on MicrobeWorld. 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

Streptococcal bacteria

This image depicts the quantitative difference in hemolytic reactivity seen in a trypticase soy agar culture plate containing 5% sheep’s blood growing group-D Streptococci (left wedge), group-B Streptococci (middle wedge), and group-A Streptococci (right wedge) bacteria. This plate was grown u... Read More

Mannitol Salt Agar (MSA)

Mannitol Salt Agar (MSA)
•Important Ingredients: Phenol red, mannitol (sugar), 7.5% NaCl
•Differential: between pathogenic S. aureus and S. epidermidis
•Selective: NaCl inhibits non-halophilic organisms. Organism that can grow are halophilic.
•Mannitol Fermentors: fermentation of acid cau... Read More

Giardia protozoan

This digitally-colorized scanning electron micrograph (SEM) depicted the dorsal (upper) surface of a Giardia protozoan that had been isolated from a rat’s intestine. Some of the identifying morphologic characteristics include pairs of thread-like flagella that facilitate motility, and a ventolat... Read More
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