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ZIKA VIRUS ‘IS ABOUT AS SCARY AS IT GETS’

The Zika virus, unlike other mosquito-borne viruses such as dengue, has until now been relatively unknown and unstudied. Read More

Wibbly-wobbly-timey-wimey

A Time Lord needs his TARDIS to embark on fantastic discoveries. These LB agar plates contain a colorless reagent called X-gal, which is the sugar galactose linked to a dark blue dye. Some microbes can synthesize an enzyme (β-galactosidase) that snips the X-gal in two, releasing the blue color a... Read More

Echinococcus granulosus

This is a picture of Echinococcus granulosus from an infected liver specimen recently received in our laboratory. It is pictured in a saline wet mount at 40X magnification. The picture shows an evaginated scolex from an immature worm with hooklets.

The adult worm of Echinococcus granulosus l... Read More

NIH-sponsored clinical trial of chikungunya vaccine opens

An experimental vaccine to protect against the mosquito-borne illness chikungunya is being tested in a Phase 2 trial sponsored by the National Institutes of Health. Results from an initial trial of the vaccine, which was developed by scientists at the NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infect... Read More

Salmonella sp.

Salmonella sp. on XLT4 agar and Miller Mallinson Agar Read More

File Under 'Cool Art Department' - Glass Microbiology

UK Artist Luke Jerram has created a series of glass sculptures of microbes, including E. coli and the Smallpox virus. In fact, a colored image of an earlier HIV sculpture he made that was taken by photographer David Sayer won an award from the Institute of Medical Imaging in 2007. Several works ... Read More

Caulobacter crescentus

The common waterborne bacterium Caulobacter crescentus reproduces asymmetrically. When a cell divides, one of its daughter cells is a free-swimming “swarmer,” powered by a hairlike flagellum. The other, “stalk” daughter cell is immobile, anchoring itself to a surface with one of nature’s stronge... Read More

Happy Microbial Holidays to All!

A quick demonstration of how my Microbial Mania can impact the holiday season! Read More

Evidence-based antibiotic usage

New recommendation encourages physicians to prescribe _antibacterials_ instead of antibiotics for bacterial infections. This recommendation is based on compelling evidence that the word "antibiotic" confuses almost everyone, including some doctors. The confusion leads to strong patient demands... Read More

Graphic Warnings: Ebola Posters Keep The Virus On People's Minds

The campaign is called "Kick Back Ebola." But the posters pack a punch.

Sierra Leone has reported over 700 suspected Ebola cases, more than any other country this year. To help stop the outbreak, health workers have put up Ebola awareness signs all over Sierra Leone's seaside capital of Freet... Read More

Lingering lymphocytes lash out against Leishmania

Immune cells that hang around after parasitic skin infection help ward off secondary attack, according to a study in The Journal of Experimental Medicine. These skin squatters may prove to be the key to successful anti-parasite vaccines. Read More

STREPTOCOCCUS

A colorized electron microscope image captures delicate chains of streptococcus in a laboratory sample. Though some strep infections can be deadly, many strains are harmless—among the thousands of benign beings that make their home in our bodies.

Photograph by Martin Oeggerli, with support fr... Read More

Photos from the ASMBiodefense 2012 H5N1 Research Discussion

Moderated by the Chair of the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB), Paul Keim, Ph.D., this session at the ASM Biodefense and Emerging Diseases Research Meeting included discussions of the NSABB’s recommendations for the publication of the controversial H5N1 research.

Presen... Read More

ROVING GENE LETS BACTERIA RESIST ‘LAST’ ANTIBIOTICS

A gene that lets bacteria resist polymyxins—the last line of antibiotic defense we have left—has shown up in widespread bacteria samples from pigs and patients in south China, including strains with epidemic potential. Read More

DRUG FROM BANANAS MAY FIGHT FLU VIRUS

Bananas contain a substance that, when changed slightly by scientists, shows promise to fight a wide range of viruses, including the flu. Read More

Vegetables discarded, mulched over E. coli fears in Europe

Click source to view some great images of crops being destroyed as the result of E. coli prevention steps in Europe. Read More

"Worm Love" - Caenorhabditis elegans

Princeton University Art of Science 2009 Online Gallery - "Worm Love" submission by Maria Ciocca, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

I am a graduate student in a lab that studies the process of asymmetric cell division in the development of model organisms, such as the nematode Cae... Read More

Mucus sheet showing closely adherent bacteria

Mucus sheet showing closely adherent bacteria; bacteria are absent on portion of mucus sheet after washing (650X) Read More

Swarming Motility/ Proteus mirabilis

A sample of Proteus mirabilis was inoculated on to a TSA plate by taking a sterile swab and placing a drop in the center of the plate. The plate was then incubated at 37 degrees for 8 hrs. Swarming motility can be seen as a clear halo and finger like projections coming from and around the grow... Read More

Scientists Urge National Initiative on Microbiomes

Scores of leading scientists on Wednesday urged the creation of a major initiative to better understand the microbial communities critical to both human health and every ecosystem. Read More
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