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Happy snowless winter holidays!

Beautiful bacteria. Chromobacterium violaceum, S. aureus, and S. epidermidis Read More

Microbiology, Creativity, and Extra Credit!

I have long believed that there are many ways for students to learn. In several of my classes, I encourage students to use "creative" approaches to explore course concepts. In the Fall of 2015, here is what my micronauts in my Microbiology course at the University of Puget Sound came up with..... Read More

Unknown Organism on Washed Hand Print

Unknown organism, possible Bacillus spp, washed hand print done on a TSA plate. Organism was the size of a dime, muciod/ rhizoid in the center and mat/smooth at the outer edges. Read More

Aberrant form of Proteus spp. in urine

A urine specimen was collected by catheterized patient and sent to our Mycology laboratory for fungi research.
Small and translucid colony have grown on Sabouraud Agar (50mg chloramphenicol) culture after a week.
Microscopic analysis was performed and unusually shaped, swollen and large organ... Read More

Unknown Contaminant on BEA

Unknown organism, presumable yeast, seen on Bile Esculin Agar (BEA) after several months at refrigerated temperatures. Organism was mucoid.circular, and a light brown in color. The brown coloration around the colony indicates the organism can to convert the esculin into 6,7-dihydroxy-couarin p... Read More

Rat Flea

The bearer of the Plague....Rat Flea obtained from the rattus rattus (rat) habouring the Yersinia Pestis (plague bacilli) which causes the dreaded Plague or the "Black death" that single handedly wiped out a quarter of the human population thru the middle ages. Thru hard work and science we have... Read More

Bacteria battling each other to survive

"Two types of bacteria found in the soil have enabled scientists to get the dirt on how resistance to antibiotics develops along with a separate survival strategy.The study identifies an atypical antibiotic molecule and the way in which the resistance to that molecule arises, including the ident... Read More

Sierra Leone Trial to Introduce a Vaccine against Ebola (STRIVE)

The College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences (COMAHS), University of Sierra Leone, the Sierra Leone Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MoHS), and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are working together on a candidate Ebola vaccine trial in Sierra Leone.

The vaccin... Read More

Enlarged view of winter hand print

Enlarged view of cold wet (winter) hand print. Read More

Enlarged view of summer hand print

Enlarged view of dry warm (summer) hand print. Read More

Sesonal Hand print

Bacterial hand print done last week with a group of 4th graders (~30 plates done). This same thing was done 4 months ago with another group of 4th graders when the weather was warm and dry. A different hand "flora" can be seen between the two seasons. Notably the Bacillus species is different... Read More

Unknow FUngal contaminant on Lipid agar

Unknown fungal contaminant seen on Lipid agar after several months at refrigerated temperatures. Image taken using transmitted light to highlight the concentric rings of the colony. COlor was a dark brownish green. Read More

Some Flashy Bacteria

Want to impress your lab mates? Flash them with some Kocuria rhizophila and Lactobacillus casei on blood agar. Read More

GANPATI BAPA MORIYA

This is one of the most popular festivals in the Country. There are several reasons for this. Ganpati is after all a popular God. His blessings are invoked at most religious ceremonies as He is the one who can remove all obstacles to success. He is the giver of fortune and can help to avoid natu... Read More

Bacillus spp

Bacillus spp seen on the finger tip of a hand print grown on MH agar at 37 degree's C. Colony was the size of a dime with rhizoid branching growth. Read More

Unknown Organis /hand print

Unknown organism seen on a hand print done on MH agar incubated for 24 hrs at 37 degree's C. The edges of the colony were dry and mat but the center was mucoid/liquid. When the plate was tilted the liquid center of the colony look as if it would run or drip. A gram stain was done and G+ rods... Read More

Gut damage identified as cause of vaccine failure, malnutrition

It has been estimated that if every nutritional measure known to be helpful were applied to every child in the world, global malnutrition would be decreased by only a third. New research from the University of Virginia School of Medicine, the University of Vermont and the International Centre fo... Read More

THE AWAKENED HEART PROJECT

As a lotus flower is born in water, grows in water and rises out of water to stand above it
unsoiled, so I, born in the world, raised in the world having overcome the world, live unsoiled by the world

Serratia marcescens and Coryne bacterium is used Read More

Microbes' color for the Victory Day of Bangladesh

December 16 is the national Victory Day of Bangladesh. Dedicating this micro artwork for the war martyrs and oppressed women who sacrificed their lives during the 1971 war.
Medium: SA Select Agar (BioRad)
Paints: Green= Staphylococcus xylosus, Red= Staphylococcus aureus, Yellow-Golden= Coryneb... Read More

Christmas Lab Art

From The European University Cyprus, Wishing everybody Happy Holidays !! Here we have used our artistic talent, a lab pen and bacteria isolated from environmental sources to create this joyful result. Read More

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