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Bright red-orange photoluminescence observed from porous silicon nanoparticles with human HeLa cells

Bright red-orange photoluminescence observed from porous silicon nanoparticles with human HeLa cells, magnified 1000 times and viewed in the reflection from a silicon wafer. Prepared from high-purity silicon wafers, these nanoparticles provide a nontoxic and biodegradable alternative to conventi... Read More

Gram-positive cocci

Gram-positive cocci showing various morphological arrangements including diplococcus and tetrads. (approx. X970). Taken from the Wistreich Collection, appearing exclusively on MicrobeWorld. Read More

Dr. Robot (he kind of looks like one) is telling you . . .

. . . to do YOUR part to help stamp out what are now called STI's. Funny how as our knowledge of STI's and our ability to treat them has bloomed, our societal level of comfort with such PSAs seems to have withered. I used to see cleverly designed (and carefully/antiseptically couched) PSAs ab... Read More

Histoplasma capsulatum fungal macroconidium

At a magnification of 1125X, this photomicrograph revealed some of the ultrastructural morphology exhibited by a Histoplasma capsulatum fungal macroconidium. The reproductive spores produced by H. capsulatum can be either macroconidia or microconidia. It is the macroconidia that exhibits finger-... Read More

Gram-positive Listeria monocytogenes

Microscopic view of gram-positive Listeria monocytogenes (rods) (approx. original X 1,000). Taken from the Wistreich Collection, appearing exclusively on MicrobeWorld. Read More

B. subtilis spores

Simple crystal violet stained preparation mainly consisting of B. subtilis spores with a few scattered rods. Taken from the Wistreich Collection, appearing exclusively on MicrobeWorld. Read More

Red blood cell infected with malaria parasites

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.
Credit: NIAID/RML

Related story: "Scientists Find Genetic Basis for Key Pa... Read More

Simple safranin stain of B. subtilis

Simple safranin stain of B. subtilis and central location of unstained spores. (Approx. original X 1000). Taken from the Wistreich Collection, appearing exclusively on MicrobeWorld. Read More

Staphylococcus aureus

Bacterial cells of the bacteria (Staphylococcus aureus) which is one of the causal agents of mastitis in dairy cows. Its large capsule protects the organism from attack by the cow’s immunological defenses. Magnified 50,000X. Freeze Drying Replication.

Credit: Beltsville Agricultural Research ... Read More

1918 influenza virions

This negative stained transmission electron micrograph (TEM) shows recreated 1918 influenza virions that were collected from supernatants of 1918-infected Madin-Darby Canine Kidney (MDCK) cells cultures 18 hours after infection.

To separate these virions, the MDCK cells are spun down (centrif... Read More

Plasmodium gallinaceum

This is a scanning electron micrograph of Plasmodium gallinaceum, which causes malaria in poultry, invading the midgut of the Aedes aegypti mosquito.
Credit: NIAID

"Fighting Drug-Resistant Malaria"
Rick Fairhurst and Others at NIAID Go Global
By Kristofor Langlais, NICHD, for the NIH Catal... Read More

Bacillus species

Simple stained preparation of Bacillus species showing chains of rods and spores. (approx. X 970). Taken from the Wistreich Collection, appearing exclusively on MicrobeWorld. Read More

Bacillus species

Simple stained preparation of Bacillus species showing rods and spores. (approx. X 970). Taken from the Wistreich Collection, appearing exclusively on MicrobeWorld. Read More

Colorful Lichens Grow on Ocotillo

One of many varieties of colorful lichens that grow on Ocotillo along the coast of Baja, Calif.

Lichens are actually made up of two plants: an algae and a fungus, living in a symbiotic relationship. In desert environments, lichen will dry out completely and remain dormant until rain or dewfal... Read More

Penicillium stoloniferum virus in three dimensions

To help scientists understand how the Penicillium stoloniferum virus interacts with its hosts, and how it replicates and matures over its lifecycle, the virus structure was solved at the very high-resolution of 7.3 angstroms. Running the automated AUTO3DEM software on a San Diego Supercomputer C... Read More

The Tree of Life: Microbiology Artwork

Microbiology artwork from artologica. Read More

two human cheek cells with surfaces covered by various shaped bacteria

Simple stain - two human cheek cells with surfaces covered by various shaped bacteria . (approx. X 100). Taken from the Wistreich Collection, appearing exclusively on MicrobeWorld. Read More

Microscale level of a community of diatoms, unicellular algae

Winner from the 2008 Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge presented in the Sept. 26, 2008 issue of Science.

The winning photography entry, "Glass Forest," depicts at the microscale level a community of diatoms, unicellular algae characterized by a peculiar glass-like cell wall, att... Read More

Swarm of paramecia

Swarm of paramecia surrounding an unidentified protozoan. Taken from the Wistreich Collection, appearing exclusively on MicrobeWorld. Read More

Colorized Marburg virus particles viewed with a transmission electron microscope

Marburg hemorrhagic fever (Marburg HF) is a rare, severe type of hemorrhagic fever which affects both humans and non-human primates. Caused by a genetically unique zoonotic (that is, animal-borne) RNA virus of the filovirus family, its recognition led to the creation of this virus family. The fi... Read More
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