The first immortal human cell line ever produced, HeLa, originated from a cervical adenocarcinoma taken from Henrietta Lacks. The cell line grew so well that it was used in many laboratories and soon was found to contaminate other cell lines. Now HeLa RNA has made its way into human sequence dat... Read More
Scientists measured how much thioalcohol -- a molecule that makes your underarms smelly -- each species of bacteria produced, and found Staphylococcus hominis was one of the worst offenders. They are hoping that the findings will change the way that we fight body odor, and envision a deodorant t... Read More
Deep sea microbiology is a rapidly-growing field that we know (not surprisingly) very little about. New research investigates the ecology of methane seep ecosystems and the interaction between archaea and viruses beneath the ocean floor. A newly-discovered virus seems to self-select for mutati... Read More
A research team at the Scripps Research Institute in Florida has published a study which details the wide-range of function of the natural product borrelidin. Borrelidin is a powerful tRNA-synthetase inhibitor which has been shown to exhibit antimicrobial characteristics, including anti-bacteri... Read More
Immunology Explained Through Poetry - What happens when one touches a poison ivy?
Billy was at summer camp,
And wanted to feel like a champ,
So he searched for a flower,
That would stop Susie’s glower,
But found poison ivy instead.
While Billy was later playing,
He had no i... Read More
A dimorphic fungi Exophiala dermatitidis was grown on Saburaud Choramphenicol agar for 3 weeks. After this a sterile polilysine coated coverslip was applied on colony to collect fungal elements. Coverslip was fixed in glutaraldehyde, dried and observed using Hitachi Scanning Electron Microscope.... Read More
MacConkey agar plate with invasive lactose fermenting E.coli which was isolated for fatal case of neonatal septicemia.
Photo was taken after 12h incubation under 37C.
Credits: Povilas Kavaliauskas, Vilnius University, Lithuania. Read More
A strange concoction of foods and wine seem to rival the efficacy of currently used antimicrobials in hard-to-treat skin infections, such as MRSA. When combined properly, cow bile salts, wine, garlic, leeks, and copper were as effective as Vancomycin in eliminating all soil bacteria introduced ... Read More
The fungus Candida albicans, which can be fatal in up to 40% of patients with a systemic infection, is being reconsidered by a team of researchers from the University of Toronto. They investigated alternative explanations to the previously accepted thought that the fungus undergoes a change in ... Read More
Fungal contaminant on TSA grown at refrigerated temperatures for 1 month. Colonies appeared rhizoid throughout with a fluffy appearance. Read More
Different view of TSA plate with fungal contaminant, presumably from the air, after 1 month at refrigerated temperatures. White center spore formation can be seen with white hypae on the edges. Spore formation can be see forming towards the edges. Read More
Unknown fungal contaminant on TSA after growth at refrigerated temperatures for 1 month. White hypae can be seen at the edges with green spore formation starting in the center. Read More
Calidad microbiológica de las aguas recreacionales, los indicadores de riesgo usados actualmente, y análisis de rastreo de fuente microbiológica; estos son algunos de los temas a discutirse en este episodio de La Radio El Mundo de los Microbios.
Tenemos como nuestra invitada a la Read More
You've probably gone a few days without showering -- maybe a week. But let's say you don't bathe for days on end -- as in you use no soap, no water, no nothing.
What would happen?
Click "source" to find out. Read More
This episode: Dr. Angela Zivkovic discusses the microbes present in our food!
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A recent study shows that consumption of unpasteurized milk significantly increases the risk of food-borne illness, which can be severe or even fatal in some cases. The scientific consensus points to a lack of knowledge of the 'benefits' of consuming raw milk, and an abundance of peer-reviewed... Read More
A broad-based approach is necessary, experts said, because overuse of antibiotics from hospitals to U.S. farms has created a problem that has quickly grown out of control. In January, the Obama administration proposed doubling the government's investment in antibiotic resistance to $1.2 billion.... Read More
The antibiotic Colistin, which was approved in the 1950's, is now being used as a 'last resort' against multidrug-resistant Gram-negative bacterial infections, despite its nephrotoxic potential. The study, conducted by an international team of NIAID-funded researchers, found that the drug remai... Read More
University of Notre Dame applied mathematician Mark Alber and environmental biotechnologist Robert Nerenberg have developed a new computational model that effectively simulates the mechanical behavior of biofilms. Their model may lead to new strategies for studying a range of issues from blood c... Read More
For humans, Salmonella is always bad news. The bacterial pathogen causes paratyphoid fever, gastroenteritis and typhoid. But for snakes, the bacteria aren’t always bad news. Certain species of Salmonella are a natural part of the snake microbial collective. However, the occasional species can ca... Read More