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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

Methyl Red/Vogoes-Proskauer (MR-VP)

Methyl Red/Vogoes-Proskauer (MR-VP)
One medium used for two separate but related tests, identifying butanediol (VP) or acidic fermentation products (MR) as part of the IMViC test used in the identification of Enterobacteriaceae.

•Methyl Red (MR): detects the ability of an organism to produc... Read More

Syncephalastrum sp

Syncephalastrum sp. Interference phase microscopy (1000X) Read More

In very ill, probiotics don't prevent 'superbugs' from colonizing intestinal tract

Compared with routine medical care, probiotics administered to critically ill patients in intensive care units showed no benefit in preventing the colonization of drug-resistant microbes in the intestinal tract, according to new research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Read More

Sonderia sp.

Sonderia sp. (a ciliate that preys upon various algae, diatoms, and cyanobacteria)

2012 Nikon Small World Photomirography Competition Dr. Diana Lipscomb, George Washington University, Department of Biological Sciences, Washington, District of Columbia, USA Read More

Anopheles gambiae (mosquito) heart

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

Tricky Trichy

Trichomonas vaginalis is a protozoan parasite of the urogenital tract in men and women and causes a sexually transmitted disease, trichomoniasis, in about half of infected women. Infections are associated with pelvic inflammatory disease, adverse pregnancy outcomes, infertility, an increased inc... Read More

Mining Marine Microbes for New Drugs

This slideshow outlines the work of WHOI scientists Tracy Mincer and Kristen Whalen in the quest to beat antibiotic resistance through bioprospecting in the ocean. 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

Life Found in the Deepest, Unexplored Layer of the Earth’s Crust submit to reddit . .

At this point, after finding microorganisms that don’t mind extreme temperatures, pressure, aridity and other hardships, we shouldn’t be surprised that bacteria’s dominion over the Earth extends to just about anywhere we look. A new expedition to the Earth’s crust has reached unprecedented depth... Read More

6.5% NaCl Media

Important ingredients: 6.5% salt, dextrose, bromcresol purple
Differential/Selective: used to test for salt tolerance and can be used to identify enterococcal group D streptococci. NaCl is a selective agent and those organisms that can grow in higher salt concentrations also ferment the dextro... Read More

Cytomegalovirus infection

X-ray of chest. Cytomegalovirus infection in compromised host. Read More

The results of a pour plate after incubation

The results of a pour plate after incubation. Taken from the Wistreich Collection, appearing exclusively on MicrobeWorld. Read More

Dangerous Rendezvous

A macrophage (pale brown) interacts with Borrelia cells (blue), the spirochete bacteria that cause Lyme disease. Although the outer membrane of Borrelia contains a strong antigen, the OspC protein, the bacterium successfully evades the human immune system by hiding out in places less accessible ... Read More


Scientists have engineered yeast cells that can “talk” to one another using a versatile plant hormone called auxin.

Typically, these simple fungal cells (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) usually do their jobs—making bread rise or converting sugar into alcohol—without having to communicate or work to... Read More

Escherichia coli

Escherichia coli in spinal fluid. Gram stain Read More

Viruses thrive in big families, in sickness and in health

SALT LAKE CITY - The BIG LoVE (Utah Better Identification of Germs-Longitudinal Viral Epidemiology) study, led by scientists at the University of Utah School of Medicine, finds that each bundle of joy puts the entire household at increased risk for infection with viruses that cause colds, flu, a... Read More

Fungus on toilet seat (clearer view)

microbes in the environment: there are about 4 to 5 different colonies of bacteria which is growing in agar plate; sample from library toilet seat. (front view) Read More

Simple intervention can moderate anti-vaccination beliefs, study finds

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- It might not be possible to convince someone who believes that vaccines cause autism that they don't. Telling skeptics that their belief is not scientifically supported often backfires - strengthening, rather than weakening, their anti-vaccine views. But researchers say they h... Read More
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