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Avian Influenza A H5N1

Colorized transmission electron micrograph of Avian influenza A H5N1 viruses (seen in gold) grown in MDCK cells (seen in green).
Avian influenza A viruses do not usually infect humans; however, several instances of human infections and outbreaks have been reported since 1997. When such infecti... Read More

Rhizopus microsporus

Rhizopus microsporus
It causes human mucormycosis and bovine mycotic abortion.
It is distinguished from R.arrhizus by its shorter stalk, and smaller sporangia and spores.
Variant forms
Var.oligosporus : has elongated columellae ; spores less obviously striated.
Var.rhizopodiformis : has ... Read More

Chickenpox vaccination does increase shingles cases, but mainly in young adults

Vaccinating one-year-olds against chickenpox could temporarily nearly double the incidence of shingles in the wider population, but in younger adults than previously thought. 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

Photomicrograph of Algae - 1856 by John William Draper

A multitalented scientist and inventor, John William Draper worked as a chemistry professor at the University of New York, where he conducted research in numerous fields, ranging from medicine and philosophy to spectrum analysis and photography. This photograph displaying the physiological chara... Read More

Streptococcus mitis on blood agar

Growth of Streptococcus mitis on blood agar demonstrating alpha hemolysis seen as a greenish color around the growing colonies due to a reduction of the hemoglobin to methemoglobin in the surrounding agar. Image taken using transmitted light. Read More

Stopping malaria in its tracks

A new drug acts as a roadblock for malaria, curing mice of established infection, according to a study in The Journal of Experimental Medicine. Treatment was not associated with obvious side effects, suggesting that the drug may also be safe and effective in humans. Read More

Microsporum gypseum microconidia

Microsporum gypseum microconidia. Unstained interference phase microscope. (1000X) Read More

Researchers develop world's most sensitive test to detect infectious disease, superbugs

Infectious diseases such as hepatitis C and some of the world's deadliest superbugs--C. difficile and MRSA among them--could soon be detected much earlier by a unique diagnostic test, designed to easily and quickly identify dangerous pathogens. Read More

Entomophthora coronata

Entomophthora coronata. Conidium discharged into lid of petri dish. Phase. (450X) Read More

Why West Nile virus is more dangerous in the elderly

West Nile virus (WNV) is particularly dangerous in older people, who account for a large number of severe cases and deaths caused by the virus. WNV infection turns serious when the virus crosses the blood-brain-barrier and wreaks havoc among nerve cells in the brain. A study published on July 23... Read More

Influenza Virus

Electron micrograph of influenza virus negatively stained with phosophotungstic acid Read More

Single dose Ebola vaccine is safe and effective in monkeys against outbreak strain

National Institutes of Health (NIH) scientists report that a single dose of an experimental Ebola virus (EBOV) vaccine completely protects cynomolgus macaques against the current EBOV outbreak strain, EBOV-Makona, when given at least seven days before exposure, and partially protects them if giv... Read More

Euplotes cell division

Nikon Small World 2012 PHOTOMICROGRAPHY COMPETITION, IMAGE OF DISTINCTION, Rogelio Moreno Gill

Euplotes belongs to the class Nassophorea in the phylum Ciliophora; the ciliates, of which there are approximately 8,000 species, are generally considered to be the most evolved and complex of the p... Read More

Nitrification floc.

Nitrification floc. Note the unusual crown shaped bacterium(11000X) Read More

Evolutionary war between microorganisms affecting human health, IU biologist says

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Health experts have warned for years that the overuse of antibiotics is creating "superbugs" able to resist drugs treating infection. Read More

Crime-scene compound may be newest tool in fight against malaria

The compound that detectives spray at crime scenes to find trace amounts of blood may be used one day to kill the malaria parasite. Read More

Engineered Ecosystem

“Predator” bacteria (green) surround “prey” bacteria (red) in this petri dish version of the Serengeti. Rather than eating their prey, however, predator cells release a chemical that activates a suicide gene in the prey. Prey cells also release a chemical, but one that promotes survival of the p... Read More

Salmonella grown on Salmonella-Shigella (S-S) Agar

The following picture shows the isolated black colonies of Salmonella on Salmonella-Shigella (S-S) Agar. S-S Agar is used as a selective and differential medium for the isolation of Salmonella and some Shigella species. The inclusion of bile salts is to inhibit gram-positive organisms. Ferric ci... Read More

Contaminant snowman

Some holiday fun from last winter composed of different collected plate contaminants. Based on colony morphology and wet mounts, these bacteria are likely to be: Staphylococcus sp. (white), Serratia marcescens (dark orange), and Micrococcus luteus (creamy yellow). The design was incubated for 5-... Read More
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