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Bacteria in ancient flea may be ancestor of the Black Death

CORVALLIS, Ore. - About 20 million years ago a single flea became entombed in amber with tiny bacteria attached to it, providing what researchers believe may be the oldest evidence on Earth of a dreaded and historic killer - an ancient strain of the bubonic plague. Read More

Syncephalastrum sp

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

A Spotter's Guide to Human Viruses

The New Scientist has published a nifty gallery of "psychedelic"-like images of human viruses. Many of them are from Government agencies so they are public domain. Click "source" to view the entire collection.

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TSRI & Janssen study makes major advance toward more effective, long-lasting flu vaccine

LA JOLLA, CA - August 24, 2015 - Scientists from The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) and the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) have found a way to induce antibodies to fight a wide range of influenza subtypes--work that could one day eliminate the need for repeate... Read More

Red algae Scagelia

Red algae Scagelia, showing reproductive tetraspores and golden diatoms. 2nd place winner of Olympus BioScapes photomicrography contest 2012.

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Crime-scene compound may be newest tool in fight against malaria

The compound that detectives spray at crime scenes to find trace amounts of blood may be used one day to kill the malaria parasite. Read More

Varicella lesions

Varicella lesions. Nine year old male (1X) Read More

Proteus vulgaris/Swarming

Streak plate of Proteus vulgaris. The plate was incubated at 37 degree C for 48 hrs then held at room temperature for 1 week. Swarming, white growth with finger like projections at the outer edges, around the circular solated colonies, circular white/beige opaque colonies, was not seen until ... Read More

Shoe Swab

Unknown organism isolated from a swab taken off the bottom of a shoe. Students were asked to swab something in the classroom. One swab was done on the bottom of a shoe and incubated on a TSA plate for 48 hrs at 37 degree’s C. The organism was difficult to scrape so a small chunk of the organis... Read More

E.Coli growth in Macconkey agar.

Image of E.Coli growth in Macconkey agar in helping hands community hospital, chabahil Kathmandu Nepal. E.coli growth was observed in 24 hours of incubation by Mr.sunil pandey intern student of medical Microbiology from Nobel College,Pokhara University Nepal. Read More

Mycoplasma arthritidis. Light micrograph. Crystal violet methylene blue strain. Note colonial morphology and classic 'fired-egg' appearance of isolated colony after approximately 10 days worth of growth on agar

mycoplasma arthritidis. Light micrograph. Crystal violet methylene blue strain. Note colonial morphology and classic 'fired-egg' appearance of isolated colony after approximately 10 days worth of growth on agar Read More

Bacillus subtilis

Gram stain of B. subtilis showing characteristic G +streptobacillus morphology. Read More

Aspergillus restrictus

Aspergillus restrictus from generalized aspergillosis. Note radiating hyphae in granuloma Read More

A Microbial Hallowe'en, Part II

Here I try to bring microbiology into Hallowe'en with costumes in class, and some bioluminescent microbial art of famous microbiologists! Read More

Single dose Ebola vaccine is safe and effective in monkeys against outbreak strain

National Institutes of Health (NIH) scientists report that a single dose of an experimental Ebola virus (EBOV) vaccine completely protects cynomolgus macaques against the current EBOV outbreak strain, EBOV-Makona, when given at least seven days before exposure, and partially protects them if giv... 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


A Time Lord needs his TARDIS to embark on fantastic discoveries. These LB agar plates contain a colorless reagent called X-gal, which is the sugar galactose linked to a dark blue dye. Some microbes can synthesize an enzyme (β-galactosidase) that snips the X-gal in two, releasing the blue color a... 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

Beauty of Nocardia asteroides Colonies on Blood Agar

Nocardia asteroides isolation from blood specimen. On culture, chalky white colonies were seen on blood agar. Image courtesy MicrobeWorld user Kyriakos Zaragkoulias, Specialty Registrar (StR) in Medical Microbiology at General Hospital of Thessaloniki “G. Papanikolaou”, Greece.

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UV light robots cut c. diff transmissions by 25 percent on cancer patient floors

SAN DIEGO--Robots are capable of all sorts of tasks to help better treat cancer: They connect oncologists to patients remotely, make incisions, staple them shut, deliver "nano" therapies--and they clean rooms. New research from Penn Medicine infection control specialists found that ultraviolet (... Read More
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