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Toxoplasma parasite's greedy appetite may be its downfall

Toxoplasma gondii is estimated to chronically infect nearly one-third of the world's population, causing the condition Toxoplasmosis. It is most commonly associated with handling cat feaces and is a particular threat to pregnant women and immune-compromised individuals, such as HIV/AIDS patients... Read More

Quantitative precipitin test

Quantitative precipitin test. Constant antibody with 2-fold increase in antigen concentration. Note inhibition in antigen excess and precipitation in equivalence zone. Read More


Researchers have discovered the largest virus ever, and they've given it a terrifying name: Pandoravirus.

A typical virus is a tiny sack of genetic material that injects itself into a much larger cell and uses it to make more viruses. The Pandoravirus is enormous by comparison—large enough to... Read More

Swarm of paramecia surrounding an unidentified protozoan

Swarm of paramecia surrounding an unidentified protozoan. From the Wistreich Collection. Read More

Orange pigmented crustose lichens

Orange pigmented crustose lichens. From the Wistreich Collection. Read More

Neisseria meningitidis in sputum. Gram stain (1000X)

Neisseria meningitidis in sputum. Gram stain (1000X) Read More

Two different proteins produced by anthrax bacteria, Protective Antigen, Lethal Factor

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

photograph of the skin lesions in man with the septicemic type of infection with erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae

photograph of the skin lesions in man with the septicemic type of infection with erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae Read More

Several paramecia showing internal structures

Several paramecia showing internal structures. From the Wistreich Collection. Read More


A photomicrograph of Salmonella bacteria. Courtesy of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Read More

Mycoplasma pneumoniae

Mycoplasma pneumoniae. Macrophotograph of 16mm petri dish containing micro-colonies (spherules) characteristics of broth-grown Mycoplasma pneumoniae Read More

Female blacklegged deer tick, Ixodes scapularis

With its abdomen engorged with a host blood meal, this image depicts a lateral, or side view of a female blacklegged, or deer tick, Ixodes scapularis.
The blacklegged or deer tick, Ixodes scapularis, transmits Lyme disease, a disease caused by a spiral shaped bacterial microbe, Borrelia burgdor... Read More

Activated Sludge

Activated sludge. Stalked ciliates grazing the sludge material (1000X) Read More

Anyone have any ideas for identity ?

please send input as to the nature of this. things I know: zoonotic, fast reproduction, fruiting bodies, possible yeast, cryptococcus? Dicty?some maturing cysts filled with red, one-two red dots. Read More

Varicella lesions

Varicella lesions. Nine year old male (1X) Read More

Zoonotic villains #6 - Streptococcus group C

Mmmmm, kinda looks like couscous right?
Well, though it might resemble a tasty side dish that's beloved in the Maghreb, it's actually a gnarly bacteria that causes URI's (upper respiratory infections) in both humans & animals.
Humans can prevent it by refraining from drinking unpasteurized mil... Read More

A Spotter's Guide to Human Viruses

The New Scientist has published a nifty gallery of "psychedelic"-like images of human viruses. Many of them are from Government agencies so they are public domain. Click "source" to view the entire collection.

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Treponema pallidum

Electron micrograph of Treponema pallidum from a patient Read More

Pulsating response to stress in bacteria

By attaching fluorescent proteins to the genetic circuit responsible for B. subtilis's stress response, researchers can observe the cells' pulses as green flashes.

In response to a stressful environment like one lacking food, B. subtilis activates a large set of genes that help it respond to ... Read More

Streptococcus pneumoniae

Electron micrograph of type 4 Streptococcus pneumoniae adherent to pharyngeal epithelial cell Read More
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