It's Friday and I can finally enjoy the beach! So I thought it would be nice to reflect my excitement at work growing this happy Listeria monocytogenes ;) Read More
Prions are fascinating, enigmatic, and might teach us not only about rare prion diseases like Creutzfeld-Jakob disease, mad cow disease, or scrapie, but also about other more common neurodgenerative diseases. Two studies published on July 2nd in PLOS Pathogens report progress with novel tools an... Read More
My wife Jennifer Quinn hits it out the park: a portrait of Kenneth Nealson and the late Woody Hastings "painted" with luminous bacteria, giving them props for the early days of quorum sensing---where the basic principles were first uncovered in bioluminescent microbes. This principle of "aut... Read More
New research shows that epidemics of dengue—caused by a mosquito-borne virus—across southeast Asia appear to be linked to the abnormally high temperatures brought by the El Niño weather phenomenon. Read More
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
Swarm of paramecia surrounding an unidentified protozoan. Taken from the Wistreich Collection. Read More
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
Bacteroides fragilis colonies on blood agar (1:5) Read More
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- A new analysis supports the hypothesis that viruses are living entities that share a long evolutionary history with cells, researchers report. The study offers the first reliable method for tracing viral evolution back to a time when neither viruses nor cells existed in the fo... Read More
Electron micrograph of type 4 Streptococcus pneumoniae adherent to pharyngeal epithelial cell 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
The discovery of bi-allelic mutations in RORC in patients with candidiasis and mycobacteriosis revealed the pivotal role of RORC in mucocutaneous immunity to Candida and in systemic immunity to Mycobacterium in humans. Read More
Unknown organism isolated from a swab taken off the bottom of a shoe. Students were asked to swab something in the classroom. One swab was done on the bottom of a shoe and incubated on a TSA plate for 48 hrs at 37 degree’s C. The organism was difficult to scrape so a small chunk of the organis... Read More
Red algae Scagelia, showing reproductive tetraspores and golden diatoms. 2nd place winner of Olympus BioScapes photomicrography contest 2012.
Credit: Dr. Arlene Wechezak, Anacortes, Washington Read More
As the old saying goes, can beat a pound of the Shigella bacteria, seen here penetrating the intestinal mucosa of some poor soul.
Killing approx. 1 million people annually - most of them children, Shigella is best prevented by two simple strategies: washing hands before handling food & thorou... Read More
Nocardia asteroides isolation from blood specimen. On culture, chalky white colonies were seen on blood agar. Image courtesy MicrobeWorld user Kyriakos Zaragkoulias, Specialty Registrar (StR) in Medical Microbiology at General Hospital of Thessaloniki “G. Papanikolaou”, Greece.
This strain of Pseudomonas aeruginosa isolated from wound make a green pigment: pyoverdine. Pyoverdine is a fluorescent siderophores for to acquire iron.
Pyoverdine biosynthesis in Pseudomonas aeruginosa and fluorescent Pseudomonads is a complex process.
Credits: dr. Francesco d'Aleo & Robe... Read More
To better understand the importance of gut bacteria in human health, researchers measured the time it takes food to move through the gastrointestinal tract, called gut motility, in mice—in a way that mimics the dietary effects of world travel. Read More
Philadelphia artist Kate Kaman (www.katekaman.com) has designed a dynamic larger-than-life sculptural depiction of the most plentiful and ancient microscopic life forms -- bacteria. Suspended throughout an area measuring approximately 130 feet long, 27 feet wide and 41 feet tall, “The Unseen Wor... Read More
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