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A Candida Fourth of July

Candida species on a Candida CHROMagar plate wishes you a happy and safe Fourth of July!
Author: Xiao Hui Lau Read More

Paracoccidioides brasiliensis tissue

Paracoccidioides brasiliensis tissue or parasitic form grown in vitro at 37 C Read More

Intestinal worms 'talk' to gut bacteria to boost immune system

EPFL researchers have discovered how intestinal worm infections cross-talk with gut bacteria to help the immune system. Read More

Creative "Extra Credit" Projects in Microbiology!

In this blog entry, I explore how students can use their creativity to learn microbiology in innovative and often artistic ways. It makes learning more personal! Read More

Multidrug resistance Pseudomonas aeruginosa

Pseudomonas aeruginosa is one of the most notorious organisms that have brought the therapeutic dilemmas to clinicians as well as challenge to microbiologist throughout the world. It carries gene of intrinsic resistance (AmpC cephalosporinase, the OprD outer membrane porin, and the multidrug ef... Read More


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

E. coli more virulent when accompanied by beneficial bacteria

Scientists wonder why some people get so sick and even die after being infected by the foodborne pathogen E.coli O157:H7, while others experience much milder symptoms and recover relatively quickly. Now Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences researchers believe they have discovered an exp... 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

Liver damage in hepatitis C patients significantly underestimated, says Henry Ford study

DETROIT - The number of hepatitis C patients suffering from advanced liver damage may be grossly underestimated and underdiagnosed, according to a study led by researchers at Henry Ford Health System and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read More

Bacillus cereus Biofilm viewed under microscope

Bacillus cereus, a food-borne pathogen, is capable to form biofilms. Biofilms are microbial communities that are controlled by a biological mechanism called quorum sensing. In this image, the B. cereus biofilm was viewed under microscope using LPO and grown in microtiter plate well for 48 hrs of... Read More

Cryptococcus neoformans

Cryptococcus neoformans in mash preparation of mouse brain. Note large capsule and narrow budding isthmus Read More


A colorized electron microscope image captures delicate chains of streptococcus in a laboratory sample. Though some strep infections can be deadly, many strains are harmless—among the thousands of benign beings that make their home in our bodies.

Photograph by Martin Oeggerli, with support fr... Read More

Mycobacterium tuberculosis. young colony on a brain heart infusion. typical virulent strain

Mycobacterium buberculosis. young colony on a brain heart infusion. typical virulent strain Read More

Scripps research-designed drug candidate significantly reduces HIV reactivation rate

HIV-infected patients remain on antiretroviral therapy for life because the virus survives over the long-term in infected dormant cells. Interruption of current types of antiretroviral therapy results in a rebound of the virus and clinical progression to AIDS. 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

Virions revealed in a preparation of HIV

This thin section transmission electron micrograph (TEM) depicts numerous virions revealed in a preparation of HIV (human immunodeficiency virus).
HIV is the virus that can lead to acquired immune deficiency syndrome, or AIDS. CDC estimates that about 56,000 people in the United States contract... Read More

Why West Nile virus is more dangerous in the elderly

West Nile virus (WNV) is particularly dangerous in older people, who account for a large number of severe cases and deaths caused by the virus. WNV infection turns serious when the virus crosses the blood-brain-barrier and wreaks havoc among nerve cells in the brain. A study published on July 23... Read More


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

microorganism TREE

This tree is made up of Streptococus pneumoniae (as the leaves)and Candida albicans (as the trunk),cultured on a chocolate agar incubated 24hours under 5% CO2 condition.
S.pneumoniae is a alpha hemolytic organism producing green colour colonies while C.albicans produce 'feet'around the margin o... Read More

Avian Influenza A H5N1

Colorized transmission electron micrograph of Avian influenza A H5N1 viruses (seen in gold) grown in MDCK cells (seen in green).
Avian influenza A viruses do not usually infect humans; however, several instances of human infections and outbreaks have been reported since 1997. When such infecti... Read More
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