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Extreme Life Thrives Where the Livin’ Ain’t Easy

Wired magazine has put together an 8-part image gallery that matches the extremophile microbe with it's environment.


"Once upon a time, scientists routinely found life in places where it wasn’t supposed to exist. That doesn’t happen anymore, and not because the pace of discovery has s... Read More

Zachary Copfer Blends Bacteria And Photography In Bacteriography Series (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

One of our long-running goals at HuffPost Arts & Culture is to eliminate the unnecessary divide that has so long plagued the arts and sciences. So we were overjoyed to stumble upon the work of microbiologist-cum-photographer Zachary Copfer, who has turned a traditional artistic practice into a l... Read More

Gram-negative rods

Gram-negative rods, possibly E. coli. (approx. 1000 X). Taken from the Wistreich Collection. Read More

Salmonella typhimurium

This photograph depicts the colonial growth pattern displayed by Salmonella typhimurium bacteria cultured on a Hektoen enteric (HE) agar medium; S. typhimurium colonies grown on HE agar are blue-green in color, for this organism is a lactose non-fermenter, but it does produce hydrogen sulfide, (... Read More

Toxoplasma gondii

Toxoplasma gondii - schizogony from cat gut Read More

Life Found in the Deepest, Unexplored Layer of the Earth’s Crust submit to reddit . .

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

Invisible Residents

The Human Microbiome Project has spent two years surveying bacteria and other microbes at different sites on 242 healthy people. The chart below hints at the complex combinations of microbes living in and on the human body.

The New York Times - Science Read More

Blastomyces dermatitidis

Blastomyces dermatitidis. Yeast from tissue smear. Gomori methenamine silver nitrate stain. (400x) Read More

Microscopy Slide Show

Nature has just published a news special on microscopes and microscopy. Most of the associated articles are pay-per-view but the slideshow of images is free to check out. Click the source link above. Read More

Nitrification floc.

Nitrification floc. Note the unusual crown shaped bacterium(11000X) Read More

Aspergillus spp.

(Eurodium) Sexual phase of Aspergillus spp. Asci and ascospores Read More

Influenza Virus

Electron micrograph of influenza virus negatively stained with phosophotungstic acid Read More

Whole genome analysis of Chlamydia trachomatis highlights risks with current method of tracking

In a study released today in Nature Genetics, researchers have found that Chlamydia has evolved more actively than was previously thought. Using whole genome sequencing the researchers show that the exchange of DNA between different strains of Chlamydia to form new strains is much more common th... Read More

Hepatitis B virions with Dane particles

This digitally-colorized transmission electron micrograph (TEM) revealed the presence of hepatitis B virions. The large round virions are known as Dane particles.

Hepatitis means inflammation of the liver. Toxins, certain drugs, some diseases, heavy alcohol use, and bacterial and viral infec... Read More

Behind the scenes: Recording TWIM 40 at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

Here are photographs I took during our visit to Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory to record This Week in Microbiology #40. We roamed around campus scouting locations befo... Read More

Toxoplasma gondii oocysts from cat feces

Toxoplasma gondii oocysts from cat feces. Taken from the Wistrich Collection. Read More

Absidia sp.

Absidia sp. Interference phase microscopy (1000X) Read More

photograph of carcass of swine showing lesions of swine erysipelas (b&w)

photograph of carcass of swine showing lesions of swine erysipelas (b&w) Read More

A Microbial Hallowe'en, Part I

My mathematician wife "painted" onto a marine nutrient plate using a bioluminescent bacterium---as you can see, she loves Einstein. And I love microbiology. Hence the intersection! Read More

The Hershey-Chase food blender

Should you ever visit Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory on Long Island, New York, be sure to go see the food blender that was used to carry out the well known Hershey-Chase experiment. The blender is located in the Szybalski Reading Room of the Carnegie Library. After entering the front door of the ... Read More

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