The world’s first hard X-ray free-electron laser is taking remarkable “snapshots” of the inner life of proteins and viruses.
Two studies published in the journal Nature demonstrate the unique capabilities of the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS), located at the Department of Energy’s SLAC Na... Read More
An Ebola-like hemorrhagic fever has killed three people in western India and dozens of doctors will screen a community of about 16,000 people in efforts to contain the disease, a state health minister said this past Wednesday.
India's National Institute of Virology later confirmed that the th... Read More
This illustration depicts an Anopheles sp. mosquito transmitting sporozoites while obtaining a blood meal.
During a blood meal, a malaria-infected female Anopheles sp. mosquito inoculates its human host with sporozoites, which then infect human liver cells, where they mature into schizonts, w... Read More
Saturn’s moon Titan is wrapped in a thick, hazy atmosphere whose chemistry may mirror conditions on Earth before life emerged here some 4 billion years ago. In October Sarah Hörst reported that the resemblance is more than superficial. She simulated Titan’s haze in the lab and found it naturally... Read More
A particular type of ancient rock art in Western Australia maintains its vivid colours because it is alive, researchers have found.
While some rock art fades in hundreds of years, the "Bradshaw art" remains colourful after at least 40,000 years.
Jack Pettigrew of the University of Queensla... Read More
Ahh the Human Respiratory Syncytial Virus - more commonly known as RSV. The last 2 times we' ve met it's been sick infants, ambulance calls, & in 1 case a hospital admit. In the United States, 60% of infants are infected during their first RSV season, and nearly all children will have been ... Read More
This Gram-stained specimen reveals N. gonorrhoeae intracellular diplococci, leading to a positive diagnosis of gonorrhea.
The genus Neisseria consists of aerobic, non-spore-forming Gram-negative coccobacilli, which inhabit the mucous membranes of humans. These microbes require a moist environ... Read More
Magnified 1125X, this Gomori-stained photomicrograph revealed the presence of a Penicillium marneffei yeast cell, which was found in a specimen of human spleen.
P. marneffei is endemic to Southeast Asia, where it is one of the more common HIV-related opportunistic infections. Penicillium spp.... Read More
This 2005 scanning electron micrograph (SEM) depicted numerous clumps of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus bacteria, commonly referred to by the acronym, MRSA; Magnified 2381x.
Recently recognized outbreaks, or clusters of MRSA in community settings have been associated with strains... Read More
Magnified 1000X, this Liefson’s flagella stained photomicrograph revealed the presence of a number of flagellated Brevundimonas diminuta, formerly known as Pseudomonas diminuta.
After having run DNA-rRNA hybridization studies, the genus Brevundimonas has been reclassified as a member of the p... Read More
This photograph depicts the colonial morphology displayed by Gram-negative Haemophilus influenzae bacteria, which was grown on a medium of chocolate agar, for a 24 hour time period, at a temperature of 37°C.
Invasive disease caused by Haemophilus influenza type-b can affect many organ systems... Read More
At this point, after finding microorganisms that don’t mind extreme temperatures, pressure, aridity and other hardships, we shouldn’t be surprised that bacteria’s dominion over the Earth extends to just about anywhere we look. A new expedition to the Earth’s crust has reached unprecedented depth... Read More
Gary Toranzos, host of MicrobeWorld's Mundo de los Microbios, and all his gear recording a podcast at the University of Puerto Rico. Read More
Dick Despommier, co-host of This Week in Virology and host of This Week in Parasitism speaking about vertical farming at TEDxMidAtlantic 2010 in Washington, D.C. Read More
Over-probing airport security scans? Nope. Soft porn from the 22nd Century? Definitely not. These beautiful images of the human body are part of a new exhibition at the Royal Institution. Each was taken using the light emitted by the bioluminescent bacteria Photobacterium phosphorem. Artist Anne... Read More
Click source to view a set of select pictures from the American Society for Microbiology's presence at the 2010 USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C. Read More
This past weekend the USA Science and Engineering Festival came to Washington, D.C. The American Society for Microbiology and MicrobeWorld were present with our own booth in which we offered several microbe-related activities for attendees of all ages.
In this picture, Barbara Hyde, director... Read More
Möbius strips are special loops that only have one continuous side. Now we've built the smallest Möbius strips ever - out of DNA. Here you can see the nanometer-sized DNA loops, folded like origami.
The ability to create complex structures on the tiniest of scales is one of the great challeng... Read More