Serratia spp. are widely distributed in nature. Serratia marcescens is the most common Serratia sp. associated with human disease, followed by strains of the S. liquefaciens complex: S. liquefaciens, S. grimesii and S. proteamaculans. The clinical significance of these species is largely unknown... Read More
Several paramecia showing internal structures. From the Wistreich Collection. Read More
The sporophyte of the fern Pteris vittata, which tolerates and accumulates very high levels of the deadly toxin arsenic. Researchers from Purdue University have identified a gene (ACR3) from P. vittata that is necessary for the plant's tolerance to arsenic.
Jody Banks, professor of botany an... Read More
Mycoplasma pneumoniae. Macrophotograph of 16mm petri dish containing micro-colonies (spherules) characteristics of broth-grown Mycoplasma pneumoniae Read More
Entomophthora coronata. Conidium discharged into lid of petri dish. Phase. (450X) Read More
A computer model shows side and top views of two different proteins produced by anthrax bacteria. The green molecule is "protective antigen" (PA), which spontaneously forms pores that penetrate organic membranes such as cell walls. The yellow molecule is "lethal factor (LF)." When a voltage is a... Read More
Since it's 1st recorded outbreak (1976) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's Ebola River Valley, the Ebola virus has been known - and feared - for good reason.
Why, you may ask?
Ebola hemorrhagic fever is potentially lethal and encompasses a range of symptoms including fever, vom... Read More
Coccidioides immitis. Spherule in lung abscess endospore. Gridley stain. (400X) Read More
Aspergillus restrictus from generalized aspergillosis. Note radiating hyphae in granuloma Read More
2009 Nikon Small World Competition award 10th place: Leave it to the diminutive diatoms to bring out algae's best side. Only 10 times larger than life, this image was captured via dark-field by Arlene Wechezak in Anacortes, Wash. Such diatoms have been proposed as a key biofuel source of the fut... Read More
Malaria’s impact worldwide is still an issue, particularly in developing countries. Research is ongoing to study the carriers of malaria, mosquitoes, and how they carry and transmit the disease and other pathogens. That’s why the 2010 winning image by Jonas King is so important to the life scien... Read More
Colorized electron micrograph of red blood cell infected with malaria parasites (blue). The small bumps on the infected cell show how the parasite remodels its host cell. Uninfected cells (red) have smoother surfaces.
Related story: "Scientists Find Genetic Basis for Key Pa... Read More
A microscopic view of Spirogyra (eukaryote) and Oscillatoria (prokaryote). Taken from the Wistreich Collection, appearing exclusively on MicrobeWorld. Read More
Lactophenol cotton blue wet preparation of scraping from oral lesion, showing pseudohyphae of Candida albicans Read More
Lung tissue from case of Aspergillosis. PAS stain (900X) Read More
The foreground shows the density map (gold) from a cryoelectron micrographic reconstruction of malabaricus grouper nervous necrosis virus, a fish nodavirus. The background shows the fitting of a two-domain model consisting of a protruding domain and a β-sandwich domain into the reconstruction de... Read More
These checklists, scrawled in handwriting on paper pasted to the hospital wall, are used by volunteer doctors and nurses to diagnose and treat patients who come in with symptoms of malaria and typhoid. Both are diseases that we rarely see in the US, but are strikingly common in Haiti. This also ... Read More