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The #LuxArt2015 Art Competition By My Students!

Because of all the recent interest in "microbiological art," I decided to challenge my Biology 350 students to "paint" using luminous bacteria. We have a balloting process, tallied the results, and made some appropriate awards! I think the world of my students, and I hope you enjoy this view i... Read More

Pandoravirus

Researchers have discovered the largest virus ever, and they've given it a terrifying name: Pandoravirus.

A typical virus is a tiny sack of genetic material that injects itself into a much larger cell and uses it to make more viruses. The Pandoravirus is enormous by comparison—large enough to... Read More

Kirby-Bauer disk diffusion

Kirby-Bauer disk diffusion susceptibility test on coagulase-negative Staphylococcus aureus and E.coli grown on Mueller-Hinton agar with tetracycline (30 µg), cephalothin (30 µg), erythromycin (15 µg), chloramphenicol (30 µg), vancomycin (30 µg), penicillin (10 µg), streptomycin (10 µg), and novo... Read More

Influenza Virion

On a lavender background, this illustration provides a 3D graphical representation of a generic influenza virion’s ultrastructure, and is not specific to a seasonal, avian or 2009 H1N1 virus.

There are three types of influenza viruses: A, B and C. Human influenza A and B viruses cause season... Read More

A dangerous bridge for Serratia.

Serratia spp. are widely distributed in nature. Serratia marcescens is the most common Serratia sp. associated with human disease, followed by strains of the S. liquefaciens complex: S. liquefaciens, S. grimesii and S. proteamaculans. The clinical significance of these species is largely unknown... Read More

Blastomyces dermatitidis

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

Taenia spp. scolex

Taenia spp. scolex Read More

Bacitracin test on Streptococcus pyogenes

Bacitracin test done on a lawn of Streptococcus pyogenes grown on blood agar. The zone of inhibition around the bacitracin disc, approx 14mm measuring the entire length of the zone, indicates sensitivity. The zone of inhibition is red because the red blood cells did not lyse. Grown for 24 hr... Read More

Alcaligenes faecalis

Streak plate of Alcaligenes faecalis grown on TSA for 48 hr. Read More

Histoplasma capsulatum

Histoplasma capsulatum in gingival tissue. GMS stain. (400X) Read More

Toxoplasma parasite's greedy appetite may be its downfall

Toxoplasma gondii is estimated to chronically infect nearly one-third of the world's population, causing the condition Toxoplasmosis. It is most commonly associated with handling cat feaces and is a particular threat to pregnant women and immune-compromised individuals, such as HIV/AIDS patients... Read More

Lung tissue from case of Aspergillosis

Lung tissue from case of Aspergillosis. PAS stain (900X) 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

Streptomyces albus

Streptomycetes are a member actinomycete family. Streptomycetes are usually found in soil and are important decomposers. They are aerobic, gram-positive, filamentous rods that create branching hyphae. They also produce more than half of the world's antibiotics, and are therefore very valuable in... Read More

Orange pigmented crustose lichens

Orange pigmented crustose lichens. From the Wistreich Collection. Read More

Algal Bloom

The appearance of an algal bloom in Griffith Park, Los Angeles. From the Wistreich Collection Read More

Bacillus/Diplobacillus

Simple stain done on an unknown bacteria, showing feathery rhizoid growth on TSA after a 48 hr incubation at 37 degree’s C, isolated from a floor swab. Single bacillus and diplobacillus can be seen though out. Read More

Mining Marine Microbes for New Drugs

This slideshow outlines the work of WHOI scientists Tracy Mincer and Kristen Whalen in the quest to beat antibiotic resistance through bioprospecting in the ocean. Read More

Dangerous Rendezvous

A macrophage (pale brown) interacts with Borrelia cells (blue), the spirochete bacteria that cause Lyme disease. Although the outer membrane of Borrelia contains a strong antigen, the OspC protein, the bacterium successfully evades the human immune system by hiding out in places less accessible ... Read More

Two different proteins produced by anthrax bacteria, Protective Antigen, Lethal Factor

A computer model shows side and top views of two different proteins produced by anthrax bacteria. The green molecule is "protective antigen" (PA), which spontaneously forms pores that penetrate organic membranes such as cell walls. The yellow molecule is "lethal factor (LF)." When a voltage is a... Read More
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