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Announcing ASM's Agar Art 2016 Winners

Thank you to everyone who created a log phase masterpiece, to our esteemed judges, and to everyone who voted for People's Choice on Facebook! We received 117 amazing entries from 26 countries and 17 U.S. states. Special congratulations to our winners! View this year’s winners... Read More

The six kingdoms of living things in 90 seconds

When I have to explain the organism classification to my students I usually use the one stablished by Woese in the 70s. In this classification, all living things are classified in six kingdoms, that are Eubacteria, Archeobacteria, Protista, Plantae, Fungi and Animalia. All of these groups evolve... Read More

Predicting the spread of the Zika virus

A new tool by Japan-based researchers predicts the risk of Zika virus importation and local transmission for 189 countries. Read More

The Mushroom Farmer Versus Drug-Resistant Superbugs

The rise of drug-resistant bacteria is sobering. Just last week, colistin-resistant E. coli––a “superbug” resistant to the antibiotic that’s considered the last resort for combatting particularly dangerous types of infections––landed in the U.S. Soon, public health officials anticipate, infectio... Read More

UMMS scientists offer first look at how our cells can 'swallow up and quarantine' Zika

WORCESTER, MA - Eight weeks after receiving their first samples of Zika virus, scientists at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) have shown that a very small protein we all have in our bodies, interferon-induced protein 3 (IFITM3), can dramatically reduce the ability of Zika vi... Read More

Risk of international spread of yellow fever re-assessed in light of the ongoing outbreaks

ECDC has updated its rapid risk assessment on the outbreak of yellow fever with the latest developments, more comprehensive information on the current situation in Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Uganda and an extended threat assessment for the EU. Read More

The Building Blocks of Life

Scientists like to solve puzzles! There is a sense of completeness when pieces of information fit together. To be a scientist, follow your curiosity by asking questions and recording observations. Hypothesize about why something might be the way it is and put that to the test. You never know wha... Read More

Serratia marcescens

The image of Red Lord Ganesha on this MacConkey agar plate is made of Serratia marcescens. It is just an expression that microorganisms are ubiquitous and miraculous in nature just as our gods.
Serratia marcescens produces a blood red pigment called prodigiosin (latin word prodigiosus meaning ... Read More

Table Top swab

Swab taken from the lab table top and incubated on TSA for 48 hrs, left at room temperature for 72 hrs then held at refrigerated temperature for a month. Pictured is one of the resulting fungal growths: white with no spore formation, droplets can be seen as possible result of respiration. Read More

Birthday pressie from a microbiologist

Reasons (not)to date food Microbiologists

They make good yogurt, tempe, etc.(any fermented food)
They are the master of crème brûlée or any jello stuffs.


And.... Most likely this is what you would get for anniversary/birthday/christmas/valentines, if you ever date an stingy food ... Read More

RED LORD GANESH

The image of Red Lord Ganesha on this MacConkey agar plate is made of Serratia marcescens. It is just an expression that microorganisms are ubiquitous and miraculous in nature just as our gods.
Serratia marcescens produces a blood red pigment called prodigiosin (latin word prodigiosus meaning ... Read More

Staining of Unknown Fungal sp.

While isolating organisms growing in a water system a dark Fungal growth was noted. I love isolating fungi and staining them in a manner that produces contrast among the hyphae. This fungi is yet to be identified but through the lense of a microscope it looks comparable to a tree in the fall a... Read More

New antiviral drugs could come from DNA 'scrunching'

PHILADELPHIA - Evidence of DNA "scrunching" may one day lead to a new class of drugs against viruses, according to a research team from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, the Georgia Institute of Technology, and Columbia University. The team is led by Stephen C. H... Read More

Unknown Environmental Swab

Out door wood railing was swabbed onto TSA and grown for 48 hrs at 37 degree's C, then allowed to grow at room temperature for 72 hrs the held at refrigerated temperature for a month. This is a close up of some of the organisms that grew. One was a brown matt color with lobate edges and rhizoi... Read More

agar art

goggles of E.coli & Ent.aerogens .
in this pic goggles streak by using two organisms E.coli & Ent.aerogens on MacConkey's agar medium...MacConkey agar is selective as well as deferential plating medium....lactose fermenting bacteria produce pink or red color colony because of conversion of neu... Read More
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