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Happy phage

A cartoon drawing of a phage particle (loosely based on the E. coli bacteriophage T4) drawn with a yeast contaminant on an LB agar plate, incubated at room temperature for several days. Read More

Fungal Magic - my fascination

Production of secondary metabolite by fungi 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

The Serendipitous Flamingo - you are what you eat

Did you know that the bright orange/pink colours on flamingos depended on the kind of food they ate?

Here, our white flamingo was created by 3 drops of different oils; olive oil, Tween 20 and Tween 80; in a little experiment to determine which would be the best oil for lipophilicity.

One d... Read More

Fungus colony that looks like an eye

Hi, I am Bibha Dahal, Graduate Research Assistant from South Dakota State University. This is a fungal colony that I grew in my lab on Malt Extract Agar for 3 days at 28°C that resembles an 'eye'. Read More

Vibrios at the Beach

This beach scene was created with various species of Vibrio bacteria collected from coastal Massachusetts. Members of this genus of bacteria are commonly found attached to marine crustaceans and some can be harmful to the host and humans alike, especially if ingested. This genus includes the spe... 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

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

Agar Art Contest 2015

This picture depicts that microbes too can add colours to life. As the beginning of a New Year adds colour to life. This agar art shows how microbes like Serratia marcescens, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Staphylococcus Citrus add to happiness of new year. Read More

This is how I commit to Microbial Supremacy!

It's true that I adore microbiology, and I am lucky to teach it each year to my micronauts. So it was time to commit. Here is my second "Microbial Supremacy" tattoo! The artwork is by Peggy Muddles (http://www.redbubble.com/people/thevexedmuddler/works/15659350-microbial-badass-tattoo-full-co... Read More

Brain infection study reveals how disease spreads from gut

Diagnosis of deadly brain conditions could be helped by new research that shows how infectious proteins that cause the disease spread. Read More

Can You Protect Your Tummy From Traveler's Diarrhea?

It goes by many names: Delhi belly. Montezuma's revenge. The Aztec two-step. But doctors use one not-so-glamorous term: traveler's diarrhea. Read More

It's always 5 o'clock somewhere

Having in fun in the lab with some Vibrionaceae! #agarart Read More

Study finds state policies influence vaccination, disease outbreak rates

Athens, Ga. - Lax state vaccination laws contribute to lower immunization rates and increased outbreaks of preventable diseases--like whooping cough and measles--according to a new study from the University of Georgia. Read More

Trichome

Pictured is a plant structure called a trichome that was found in a felines' urine sediment collected by cystocentesis. It is surrounded by many cocci and debris. The picture was taken with a smartphone at 400x magnification with no staining. 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

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

New Use for Well-known Algae

Shock! Horror! Some treasured molecular paleoenvironmental tools of organic biogeochemists—namely the alkenones, an esoteric group of long-chained compounds made by aquatic microalgae—are being put forward by O’Neil et al.1 as candidates for conversion to jet fuel on an industrial scale! (See... Read More

Honoring the Memory of Another

The late Edward Leadbetter had a huge impact on my life as an academic, and a microbiologist. In this post, I try to give some appreciation to what he meant to me. Read More

Phage feasting on an E. coli lawn

Bacteriophages were named because it appeared that the bacteria were being eaten by something. Here is a healthy E. coli strain (MG1655) that was mixed with a suspension of P1 phages and poured onto an agar plate. As the lawn of cells grew and covered the whole surface, plaques can be seen where... Read More
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