Bacteria have been discovered in the bladders of healthy women, discrediting the common belief that normal urine is sterile. This finding and its implications were addressed in an editorial published by researchers from Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine (SSOM) in the latest is... Read More
Dr Toby Jenkins talks about toxic bacteria and how to detect that using a technology within bandages. Taken from Bang Goes The Theory Series 7. Read More
Enterococcus faecalis grown on blood agar for 48 hrs at 37 degree's C. Small, pin point, circular colonies can be seen with gamma hemolysis (no hemolysis of the blood agar). Colonies were white with a glossy translucent appearance. Read More
The multidrug-resistant, incredibly contagious Shigella has popped up in 32 US states in the past year. The bacteria infect your intestines and trigger crampy rectal pain, bloody or mucus-laced diarrhea and vomiting. What can you do? Vigilant hygiene. And if you do get sick, go for an over-the-c... Read More
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), an antibiotic-resistant superbug, can cause life-threatening skin, bloodstream and surgical site infections or pneumonia. Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine now report that cigarette smoke may make matters... Read More
A recent study published in mBio suggests that certain archaea go dormant in the presence of bacteriophage viruses, ceasing to reproduce or carry on cellular processes essential to their survival. The study, which was conducted at the University of Illinois, sheds light on the co-evolution of a... Read More
The bacteria found on grapevines seem to come mostly from soil, a finding that could help researchers to understand how soil microbes influence the properties of wine made from the grapes. Read More
In light of the severity and rapid progression of this year's Ebola crisis and the inability of medical workers to combat the virus, a newly developed vaccine has been shown to elicit a strong immune response in over 90% of volunteers in an NIH clinical trial. Volunteers were monitored for sign... Read More
Exposed for 3 minutes outdoors in the gymnasium of the Inter American University of Puerto Rico. Medium used for fungi PDA. Culture medium used for bacteria TSA. Incubated at 37 degrees for 48 hours. Read More
Klebsiella pneumoniae grown on Mac for 48 hrs at 37 degree's C. Pink, indicating lactose fermentation, mucoid colonies are seen. Read More
I am a retired computer programmer and also a free market libertarian. I listened to a recent podcast where the subject of mandatory hand washing by food workers was tossed around. I would like to present a few more of the free marke... Read More
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