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Dung fungi found on a cow pile

Specimen: Dung fungi found on a cow pile
Technique: Epi-illumination, 20 stacked images

Credit: Mr. Mike Crutchley, Pembrokeshire, Wales, United Kingdom - Olympus BioScapes Read More

Influenza Virion

On a lavender background, this illustration provides a 3D graphical representation of a generic influenza virion’s ultrastructure, and is not specific to a seasonal, avian or 2009 H1N1 virus.

There are three types of influenza viruses: A, B and C. Human influenza A and B viruses cause season... 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

Mini Microbe Portraits From the Micropolitan Museum

Tired of the portraits, landscapes and abstract art that peppers the walls of most art museums? According to Dutch photographer Wim von Egmond, there’s one art subject that has been ignored for centuries and finally deserves its due: microscopic organisms.

As the head of the Inst... Read More

Histoplasma capsulatum

Histoplasma capsulatum in gingival tissue. GMS stain. (400X) 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

Malabaricus Grouper Nervous Necrosis Virus

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

Art and Microbiology

A collection of funny images about microbiology. Although the text is in Spanish language, it can be easily understood. 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

High rate of Texas bugs carrying Chagas disease

A deadly parasite that causes Chagas disease is widespread in a common Texas insect, according to a new study by University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) researchers. The finding suggests that the risk of Texans contracting the disease may be higher than previously thought. 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

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

Tube morphology

Three organisms inoculated in TSB to look at tube morphology. From left to right:
Staphylococcus aureus: flocculent growth/turbid, growth throughout the tube.
Mycobacterium smegmatis: pellicle, growth at the top of the tube. M. smegmatis tends to stick to the tube and grow up the side.
Ba... 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

Influenza viron

On a dark-blue background, this illustration provides a 3D graphical representation of a generic influenza virion’s ultrastructure, and is not specific to a seasonal, avian or 2009 H1N1 virus. A portion of the virion’s outer protein coat has been cut away, which reveals the virus’ contents, and ... Read More

Worm sperm motility

Two worm sperm shimmy across a microscope slide. Unlike most cells that rely on motor proteins to propel themselves forward, worm sperm use tiny fibers at their front ends. Putting the fibers together and taking them apart sets the cells in motion. In a new advance, researchers disassembled the ... Read More

Delftia acidovorans

Delftia acidovorans (formerly Comamonas acidovorans) is an aerobic gram-negative rod. It is unique because produces an orange color in the medium with the addition of Kovac's indole because of the production of anthranilic acid from typtone, though the organism is biochemically indole-negative. ... Read More

The Hershey-Chase food blender

Should you ever visit Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory on Long Island, New York, be sure to go see the food blender that was used to carry out the well known Hershey-Chase experiment. The blender is located in the Szybalski Reading Room of the Carnegie Library. After entering the front door of the ... Read More

Ice Nucleation Bacteria, Twitter, and Me!

In this post from my microbiology/education blog, I discuss a post on Boing Boing recently that used a video I had made of ice nucleation bacteria. Ice nucleation bacteria are very interesting of course, and I link to the Boing Boing post. In addition, I provide an additional video of students... Read More

Plasmodium vivax

Plasmodium vivax mature schizont (1000X) Read More
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