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H3N2 influenza virions

This transmission electron micrograph (TEM) depicts some of the ultrastructural details displayed by H3N2 influenza virions responsible for casing illness in Indiana and Pennsylvania in 2011.

The cases of human infection with swine-origin H3N2 influenza resulted from existing influenza virus... Read More

Hand print

Hand print on a large TSA plate from my 8 1/2 year old son after playing outside. Read More

Staphylococcus aureus

Gram-stained Staphylococcus aureus. (approx. X 1000). taken from the Wistreich Collection, appearing exclusively on MicrobeWorld. Read More

Micrococcus luteus

Under a high magnification of 21930x, this scanning electron micrograph (SEM) depicted some of the ultrastructural morphologic features displayed by this group of Gram-positive Micrococcus luteus bacteria. The specimen was obtained from a pure culture that was raised on a polycarbonate filter, f... Read More

Nikon's Small World 2012 - Sonderia sp. (a ciliate that preys upon various algae, diatoms, and cyanobacteria) (400x)

Nikon's Small World 2012 Photomicrography Competition

Dr. Diana Lipscomb
George Washington University
Department of Biological Sciences
Washington, District of Columbia, USA

Subject Matter:
Sonderia sp. (a ciliate that preys upon various algae, diatoms, and cyanobacteria) (400x)

Tec... Read More

Scanning electron microscopy of Staphylococcus epidermidis cluster embedded in exopolysaccharide matrix

The Gram-positive bacteria Staphylococcus epidermidis and Staphylococcus aureus are the most common pathogens in hospital-acquired infections. The costs related to infections caused by these strains in the hospital setting are enormous and represent a major healthcare burden. Furthermore, the mo... Read More

Gram-negative Haemophilus influenzae bacteria

This photograph depicts the colonial morphology displayed by Gram-negative Haemophilus influenzae bacteria, which was grown on a medium of chocolate agar, for a 24 hour time period, at a temperature of 37°C.

Invasive disease caused by Haemophilus influenza type-b can affect many organ systems... Read More

Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV-1)

This scanning electron micrograph revealed the presence of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV-1), (spherical in appearance), which had been co-cultivated with human lymphocytes. Note the lymphocyte in the lower left, and some of its extended pseudopodia. HIV-1 virions can be seen on the surfa... Read More

Absidia corymbifera

Absidia corymbifera. Sporangia and sporangiophore in vitro. LCB stain Read More

Aspergillus glaucus

Aspergillus glaucus. Sporulation (205X) Read More

XMRV in human respiratory tract

An important question about the retrovirus XMRV, which has been implicated in prostate cancer and chronic fatigue syndrome, is where the virus replicates in humans. Such information would provide clues about how infection might be transmitted. To date the virus has been detected in malignant pro... Read More

Plasmodium malariae

Plasmodium malariae band form trophozoite (1000X) Read More

Tissue specimen showing spirochete

Tissue specimen showing spirochete (Treponema pallidum) (970X). Taken from the Wistriech Collection, appearing exclusively on MicrobeWorld. Read More

Cheek cell with bacteria

Simple stain- single human cheek cell with bacteria covering its surface (approx. X 100). Taken from the Wistreich Collection, appearing exclusively in MicrobeWorld. Read More

Gram-negative rods

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

Parasitic Fungus Phragmidium tuberculatum on a rose leaf

Colorized scanning electron micrograph of rust on a rose leaf. Rose rust is a disease specific to roses and is caused by the parasitic fungus Phragmidium tuberculatum and some other closely related species. This disease occurs during spring and persists until the leaves fall. This images shows r... Read More

Diatom Arachnoidiscus

This is a live image of the of Diatom Arachnoidiscus under 40x magnification. The picture shows the diatom's silicified cell wall, which forms a pillbox-like shell (frustule) composed of overlapping halves that contain intricate and delicate markings. The picture was obtained with new video enha... Read More

Chlamydia trachomatis

Photomicrograph of Chlamydia grown in culture. The sample was taken from rhesus monkey kidney cells and stained with giemsa. The cell nuclei appear red and the infective 'elementary bodies' of the Chlamydia, which develop in 'blisters' in the cells, fluoresce green. Chlamydia is a very common se... Read More

Zoonotic villians #3

See those round, fuzz-ball looking things? You're seeing Lassa fever, up close & personal courtesy of a TEM microscope.
Another of those fearsome hemorrhagic fevers, Lassa virus is a member of the Arenaviridae family.
If you learn nothing more about Lassa fever, learn about Aniru Conteh.
F... Read More

Trichophyton rubrum var. granulare

This photograph depicts the frontal view of a Petri dish within which fungal colonies of Trichophyton rubrum var. granulare had been cultured. Revealed is the colonial morphology, which in the case of T. rubrum is said to be waxy, glaborous, i.e., flat to cottony, and display from a frontal pers... Read More
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