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Neisseria meningitidis

Neisseria meningitidis colonies on chocolate agar with positive oxidase test as indicated by black colonies (1:2) Read More

A close-up of the surface of a streak plate

A close-up of the surface of a streak plate using a mixed culture of Serratia marcescens and Micrococcus lutea as the inoculum. Taken from the Wistreich Collection, appearing exclusively on MicrobeWorld. Read More

Spirogyra filament

A clear view of a Spirogyra filament showing the spiral chloroplast. Taken from the Wistreich Collection, appearing exclusively on MicrobeWorld. Read More

Clostridium sporogenes

Clostridium sporogenes on egg yolk agar Read More

Trichinella spiralis Scanning EMs and hundreds more

As referenced in the most recent episode of This Week in Parasitism, Dickson Despommier, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, and Yuzo Takahashi, Department of Parasitology, Gifu University School of Medicine, have posted hundreds of scanning electron microgra... Read More

Drawing of broken red blood cells, as seen in the blood of people with hemolytic uremic syndrome.

In hemolytic uremic syndrome, toxins destroy red blood cells. These misshapen cells may clog the tiny blood vessels in the kidneys.

Credit: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health.
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Good for you but don't do it in public!

When I worked at a vet hospital people asked me all the time whether dog's mouths were cleaner than humans. I always told them it was an old wive's tale & wondered about their personal hygiene. Turns out I was wrong! Read More


The bug lives harmlessly in the noses of about a third of us. But it can turn rogue, causing skin infections—or worse. Heavy use of antibiotics since the middle of the last century has prompted the evolution of deadly superbug strains. Photograph by Martin Oeggerli, with support from School of L... Read More

Brevundimonas diminuta

Magnified 1000X, this Liefson’s flagella stained photomicrograph revealed the presence of a number of flagellated Brevundimonas diminuta, formerly known as Pseudomonas diminuta.

After having run DNA-rRNA hybridization studies, the genus Brevundimonas has been reclassified as a member of the p... Read More

Twitter tag cloud from #ASMGM

Science blogger Cesar Sanchez of the site Twisted Bacteria (twistedbacteria.blogspot.com) created the above word cloud that was generated from approximately 1200 tweets that appeared on Twitter during the American Societ... Read More

Penicillium marneffei yeast cell

Magnified 1125X, this Gomori-stained photomicrograph revealed the presence of a Penicillium marneffei yeast cell, which was found in a specimen of human spleen.

P. marneffei is endemic to Southeast Asia, where it is one of the more common HIV-related opportunistic infections. Penicillium spp.... Read More

Histoplasma capsulatum

Histoplasma capsulatum in intestinal villi of brown house bat. Eptesicus fuscus from house near Clarksburg, MD. GMS stain Read More

H and E stained lung sections of patient with legionella pneumophila

H and E stained lung sections of patient from whom the legionella pneumophila was isolated stained with CDC's modification of the Dieterle silver impregnation procedure. Note the small, blunt pleomorphic intracellular and extracellular bacilli which stain brown to black against a pale yellow bac... Read More

Plasmodium malariae

Plasmodium malariae band form trophozoite. (1000X). Read More

Gram-positive Enterococcus faecalis sp. bacteria

This digitally-colorized scanning electron micrograph (SEM) depicted large numbers of Gram-positive Enterococcus faecalis sp. bacteria.

“Enterococci, leading causes of nosocomial bacteremia, surgical wound infection, and urinary tract infection, are becoming resistant to many and sometimes al... Read More

B. subtilis spores

Simple crystal violet stained preparation mainly consisting of B. subtilis spores with a few scattered rods. Taken from the Wistreich Collection, appearing exclusively on MicrobeWorld. Read More

Neisseria gonorrhoeae

This photomicrograph is showing Neisseria gonorrhoeae in a cervical smear using the Gram-stain technique. Thanks to the CDC's PHIL for the image. Read More

Basidiobolus haptosporus

Basidiobolus haptosporus. One subspherical spore which has been produced by replication and one adhesive spore produced by replication Read More

Scanning electron micrograph of a new genus of beta-Proteobacteria responsible for the degradation of organic oxalate waste produced by Bayer processing

A new genus of beta-Proteobacteria has been isolated from bioreactors treating oxalate wastes that are produced by Bayer refining of bauxite into alumina. The bacteria are indigenous to the alumina refinery environment and are capable of removing up to 40 tonnes of oxalate wastes produced on sit... Read More

Gram-positive cocci

Gram-positive cocci showing various morphological arrangements including diplococcus and tetrads. (approx. X970). Taken from the Wistreich Collection, appearing exclusively on MicrobeWorld. Read More
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