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Nitrification floc.

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

Bacillus subtilis

Streak plate isolation showing colonial morphology of Bacillus subtilis on trypticase soy agar (TSA) incubated for 24 hours at 37oC. Note the rough and dry/matte texture characteristic of this organism’s growth. Read More

Engineered Ecosystem

“Predator” bacteria (green) surround “prey” bacteria (red) in this petri dish version of the Serengeti. Rather than eating their prey, however, predator cells release a chemical that activates a suicide gene in the prey. Prey cells also release a chemical, but one that promotes survival of the p... Read More

"Never Really Alone" with Seth Bordenstein (Including Current News!)

This blog post describes a "video meeting" between Seth Bordenstein and my freshman writing class in the Fall of 2014. My freshman class revolved around ideas in symbioses and parasitism, so Seth's ideas regarding holobionts and the hologenome were particularly apt. Furthermore, last week Seth... Read More

Marine bioluminescent Photobacterium kishitanii

Marine bioluminescent Photobacterium kishitanii
The genus Photobacterium was first coined by Martin Beijerinck, in 1889, and originally referred to all bacteria capable of light production. Species belonging to Photobacterium are gram negative, rod shaped, chemoorganotrophic, facultative aerob... Read More

Bacteriologist Dr. Ida A. Bengston (1881-1952)

At her microscope, this historic image of bacteriologist Dr. Ida A. Bengston (1881-1952), was taken from the U.S. Public Health Service records.
This photo is symbolic of the importance of laboratory equipment to the CDC’s progress in the improvement of world wide public health standards. Dr. B... Read More

Expression of a single gene lets scientists easily grow hepatitis C virus in the lab

Worldwide, 185 million people have chronic hepatitis C. Since the late 1980s, when scientists discovered the virus that causes the infection, they have struggled to find ways to grow it in human cells in the lab -- an essential part of learning how the virus works and developing new effective tr... Read More

Zombie Creatures: What Happens When Animals Are Possessed by a Parasitic Puppet Master?

From fungi to flies, some parasitic species have figured out how to control their host's behavior to get what they need. See what happens when bugs go really bad with this slide show from Scientific American. Read More

Is Life’s Chemistry Cooking on Titan?

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

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

Varicella

Varicella. Vesicle smear from case of chicken pox. Direct fluorescent antibody (FA) staining readily differentiates chicken pox or zoster lesions from those due to Herpes simplex viru 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

Zoonotic villains #2- Ebola virus

Since it's 1st recorded outbreak (1976) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's Ebola River Valley, the Ebola virus has been known - and feared - for good reason.
Why, you may ask?
Ebola hemorrhagic fever is potentially lethal and encompasses a range of symptoms including fever, vom... Read More

Synthetic DNA vaccine against MERS induces immunity in animal study

PHILADELPHIA - A novel synthetic DNA vaccine can, for the first time, induce protective immunity against the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus in animal species, reported researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Read More

Pseudomonas aeruginosa

Pseudomonas aeruginosa infection Read More

fd virus

fd virus membranes and various other assemblages. Credit: Dr. Zvonimir Dogic, Dr. Thomas Gibaud, Dr. Edward Barry & Mark Zakhary

2012 Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition Image of Distinction

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Clostridium spp.

Clostridium spp. from pet food. Phase. 1000X - Maunder Read More

The next anti-tuberculosis drug may already be in your local pharmacy

Testing thousands of approved drugs, EPFL scientists have identified an unlikely anti-tuberculosis drug: the over-the-counter antacid lansoprazole (Prevacid®). Read More

Exophiala jeanselmei

Conidia and secondary budding of Exophiala jeanselmei. LCB stain Read More

The Grand Challenge of Biology

I was at a tech meeting hosted by Amazon Web Services to see how I may use some of their cloud computing services for this site. One segment of the presentation was devoted to customers who use AWS for their sites or work. The slide you see in this image comes from Michael Schatz, Researcher at ... Read More
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