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Corona - but not the kind a good guest brings to your summer picnic

Remember SARS? Or the last time you had a nasty cold? Lay your troubles at this bad-boy's door.
In fact, SARS-CoV - the Corona variant that causes SARS - has the rather unique quality of causing both upper & lower respiratory infections, and gastroenteritis.
Note as well that the Coronavi... Read More

Why are bacteria all the same size

Just when we think we know everything, a story comes along to remind us that there is something fundamental--and seemingly elementary--that we still haven't figured out. “Why are we the size we are? Why are our organs the size they are? Why are the cells in those organs a stereotypical size? Wha... Read More

Wibbly-wobbly-timey-wimey

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

HIV-infected H9 T Cell

Scanning electron micrograph of an HIV-infected H9 T cell. Credit: National Institutes of Health/Department of Health and Human Services (NIAID). Read More

Ebola

Ebola Virus
Colorized scanning electron micrograph of filamentous Ebola virus particles (blue) budding from a chronically infected VERO E6 cell (yellow-green).

Photo taken from NIAID flicker Read More

Gram-negative rods – Morganella morganii species

Gram-negative rods – Morganella morganii species (approx X1000). Taken from the Wistreich Collection, appearing exclusively on MicrobeWorld. Read More

Graphic Warnings: Ebola Posters Keep The Virus On People's Minds

The campaign is called "Kick Back Ebola." But the posters pack a punch.

Sierra Leone has reported over 700 suspected Ebola cases, more than any other country this year. To help stop the outbreak, health workers have put up Ebola awareness signs all over Sierra Leone's seaside capital of Freet... Read More

Streptococcus pneumoniae

Electron micrograph of type 4 Streptococcus pneumoniae adherent to pharyngeal epithelial cell Read More

8th grader petri dishes - seeking help to identify colonies

I did a study of hand washing and hand sanitizer. Is anyone on the list willing to help me identify what grew from my unwashed and even washed hands? I attach three photos representing the yellow, white and orange growths found after several days on agar plates. Thank you so much in advance. Read More

New Use for Well-known Algae

Shock! Horror! Some treasured molecular paleoenvironmental tools of organic biogeochemists—namely the alkenones, an esoteric group of long-chained compounds made by aquatic microalgae—are being put forward by O’Neil et al.1 as candidates for conversion to jet fuel on an industrial scale! (See... Read More

Freshman Symbiosis Course and Jack Gilbert!

As my Fall semester approaches, I am reflecting on last Fall. I taught a freshman seminar course revolving around symbioses and parasitism, and was fortunate to have many well known scientists be willing to "virtually visit" my class! Here is my report from last year on the great Jack Gilbert.... Read More

GUT TRANSIT TIME CHANGES WITH ‘TRAVELER’S DIET’

To better understand the importance of gut bacteria in human health, researchers measured the time it takes food to move through the gastrointestinal tract, called gut motility, in mice—in a way that mimics the dietary effects of world travel. Read More

ZIKA VIRUS ‘IS ABOUT AS SCARY AS IT GETS’

The Zika virus, unlike other mosquito-borne viruses such as dengue, has until now been relatively unknown and unstudied. Read More

"The Unseen World"

Philadelphia artist Kate Kaman (www.katekaman.com) has designed a dynamic larger-than-life sculptural depiction of the most plentiful and ancient microscopic life forms -- bacteria. Suspended throughout an area measuring approximately 130 feet long, 27 feet wide and 41 feet tall, “The Unseen Wor... Read More

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

Treponema pallidum

Electron micrograph of Treponema pallidum from a patient Read More

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

Coccidioides immitis

Coccidioides immitis. Spherule in lung abscess endospore. Gridley stain. (400X) Read More

Sammy Salmonella

Sammy Salmonella was created on a Muller Hinton Agar using three different isolates of Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Staphylococcus aureus for the outline. Pseudomonas aeruginosa is the only species of Pseudomonas that will produce pyocyanin, which is what creates Sammy’s green color. These bacte... Read More

Caulobacter crescentus

The common waterborne bacterium Caulobacter crescentus reproduces asymmetrically. When a cell divides, one of its daughter cells is a free-swimming “swarmer,” powered by a hairlike flagellum. The other, “stalk” daughter cell is immobile, anchoring itself to a surface with one of nature’s stronge... Read More
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