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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

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

Nitrate reduction test

Nitrate reduction test for the reduction of nitrate in nitrate media, to determine if the bacteria contains nitrate and/or nitrite reductase. Organism were incubated for 48 hr's at 37 degree's in nitrate media then reagents added.
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Nitrate broths after the addition of 10 drops re... Read More

Fungus in my brothers sports drink

Unopened sports drink containing a fungal contaminant 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

TWiP 101: Is it round or is it flat?

The doctors TWiP solve the case of the Woman with White Worms, and explore the role of a secreted growth factor from a carcinogenic parasite in wound healing and angiogenesis.

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Cooties Catcher/Hand print

I was asked to consult on a hand print experiment done in a public school in NY showing what grows on our hands and the importance of hand washing....did not know I was going to be in it. A nice start to finish hand print "experiment" in a short 2 min video. Note: 1). I was not consulted on th... 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

Intestinal worms 'talk' to gut bacteria to boost immune system

EPFL researchers have discovered how intestinal worm infections cross-talk with gut bacteria to help the immune system. Read More


The Zika virus, unlike other mosquito-borne viruses such as dengue, has until now been relatively unknown and unstudied. Read More

8th grader petri dishes - seeking help to identify colonies

I did a study of hand washing and hand sanitizer. Is anyone on the list willing to help me identify what grew from my unwashed and even washed hands? I attach three photos representing the yellow, white and orange growths found after several days on agar plates. Thank you so much in advance. Read More

Interrupting the transmission cycle: A protein required for dengue virus infection of mosquitoes

There is currently no approved specific treatment or vaccine for dengue fever, and an estimated 2 billion people are at risk for being bitten by Aedes mosquitoes and infected with the dengue virus (DENV). A study published on October 22nd in PLOS Pathogens introduces a candidate target for a tra... Read More

Agar Art 2016 Contest Submit by May 6

We hope you've started plating your dishes! Here are some of the 2016 entries thus far. Show us your creative streaking! For contest entry rules visit: www.microbeworl.org/art. Submissions close May 6, 2016 11:59 P.M.EST.Entries pictured from left to right: Symbol of ASM, A Once in a Lifetime Ki... Read More

Ebola medical team develops guidelines for treating infected children

When the Ebola virus outbreak erupted in West Africa in 2014, children infected with the virus -- particularly those under age 5 -- faced overwhelming challenges. Not only was there a high death rate among young children infected with the disease, they often were isolated from their families, le... 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

Social yeast cells prefer to work with close relatives to make our beer, bread and wine

Baker's yeast cells living together in communities help feed each other, but leave incomers from the same species to die from starvation, according to new research from the University of Cambridge. Read More


A gene that lets bacteria resist polymyxins—the last line of antibiotic defense we have left—has shown up in widespread bacteria samples from pigs and patients in south China, including strains with epidemic potential. Read More

NIH-sponsored clinical trial of chikungunya vaccine opens

An experimental vaccine to protect against the mosquito-borne illness chikungunya is being tested in a Phase 2 trial sponsored by the National Institutes of Health. Results from an initial trial of the vaccine, which was developed by scientists at the NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infect... Read More

Handprint Culture Shirt

"Everyone Needs a Little Culture" shirt @ Cabrillo College bookstore, 831-479-6209 or Niles Biological, http://www.nilesbio.com/cat499.html Read More


This artwork is made from Escherechia coli in Mac Conkey Agar ( MCA ) and shows the other side of the biggest Buddhist temple in Indonesia and Southeast Asia built by the Syailendra dynasty called “Borobudur”, that included one of the wonders of the world from Indonesia.

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