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In very ill, probiotics don't prevent 'superbugs' from colonizing intestinal tract

Compared with routine medical care, probiotics administered to critically ill patients in intensive care units showed no benefit in preventing the colonization of drug-resistant microbes in the intestinal tract, according to new research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Read More

One small step

As a microbiologist I wanted a keepsake footprint for my 3-month old daughter with a "personal touch"; while she was napping, I gently placed her foot on a horse blood agar plate. This just may be her first step into a future career in science, if not microbiology. Read More

"Never Really Alone" with Seth Bordenstein (Including Current News!)

This blog post describes a "video meeting" between Seth Bordenstein and my freshman writing class in the Fall of 2014. My freshman class revolved around ideas in symbioses and parasitism, so Seth's ideas regarding holobionts and the hologenome were particularly apt. Furthermore, last week Seth... Read More

TSRI & Janssen study makes major advance toward more effective, long-lasting flu vaccine

LA JOLLA, CA - August 24, 2015 - Scientists from The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) and the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) have found a way to induce antibodies to fight a wide range of influenza subtypes--work that could one day eliminate the need for repeate... Read More

Microbe Medley

Have you ever wondered what kinds of microbes live on the surface of your lips? Only a small fraction of our friendly microflora can be cultured, but this colorful assortment was collected when an LB agar plate was kissed and then allowed to incubate on the benchtop for several days. The colonie... Read More

Serratia in liquid culture

This is a picture of Serratia marcescens cultures grown overnight in LB at 25 degrees C. The one on the left shows the dark pink pigment that is produced by wild type strains. The ones in the middle and on the right are pigment mutants of S. marcescens created by transposon mutagenesis. Read More

Chestnut leaves yield extract that disarms deadly staph bacteria

Leaves of the European chestnut tree contain ingredients with the power to disarm dangerous staph bacteria without boosting its drug resistance, scientists have found. Read More

ASM agar Art

The American society of microbiology logo was replicated on the agar plate.
The outlined microscope was made on Trypic soy agar (TSA) using an environmental isolate. This environmental isolate was identified using DNA sequencing to be Micrococcus luteus. M. luteus is a Gram-positive obligate a... Read More

phage by phage

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During my PhD I used to routinely make sure my Lactococcus lactis cultures were pure and the correct strain by sporting a strain-specific bacteriophage on a lawn of the particular host I was working with. One evening I decided to see if I could draw images using phage lysis on lawn... Read More

the 'clover' made our day

Aspergillus fumigatus isolated from nail samples,growing on SDA agar.The green pigmentation and white coloured parameter forms a 'clover' shape and it makes our day more joyful and fun Read More

Neisseria sicca on blood agar

Neisseria sicca grown on blood agar at 37 degrees C for 5 days. A Gram (-) diplococcus organism that is part of the normal mucosal membranes and does not normally cause disease. Read More

NIH-funded study establishes genomic data set on Lassa virus

An international team of researchers has developed the largest genomic data set in the world on Lassa virus (LASV). The new genomic catalog contains nearly 200 viral genomes collected from patient samples in Sierra Leone and Nigeria, as well as field samples from the major animal reservoir, or h... Read More

Wibbly-wobbly-timey-wimey

A Time Lord needs his TARDIS to embark on fantastic discoveries. These LB agar plates contain a colorless reagent called X-gal, which is the sugar galactose linked to a dark blue dye. Some microbes can synthesize an enzyme (β-galactosidase) that snips the X-gal in two, releasing the blue color a... Read More

Beautiful image of different microbes in CLED medium

This image results from a project called "Initiation to microbiology investigation" accomplished by young students, where they collected a sample from a table surface and by inoculation they put it in CLED (cystine lactose electrolyte deficient) medium. Beautiful colonies of bacteria and fungu... Read More

The pearly colonies

Yeast extract-mannitol agar (YMA), with the pH indicator bromothymol blue (BTB), is the medium used for rhizobia isolation and characterization.

In this pic, one Bradyrhizobium strain isolated from cowpea root nodule in Brazil showing a "white pearly colony" Read More

Glistening E. coli

The image shows an agar plate with bright shinny bright green colonies growing in a precised direction. this tells us that Life is beautiful, colorful and full of precision. Each person ought to direct the path he/she wants to take in life and make it shine out to brighten the surroundings. Read More

How long have primates been infected with viruses related to HIV?

Disease-causing viruses engage their hosts in ongoing arms races: positive selection for antiviral genes increases host fitness and survival, and viruses in turn select for mutations that counteract the antiviral host factors. Studying such adaptive mutations can provide insights into the distan... Read More

Study: Breastfeeding could reduce common infections among Indigenous infants

TORONTO, Aug. 17, 2015--Promoting breastfeeding could lead to a substantial reduction in common infections and even deaths that are more common in Indigenous infants than non-Indigenous infants, a new study suggests. Read More

Chicago!

The skyline of Chicago is depicted here using a bacterial species isolated from human lips. The strain was used to draw the outline of the city on LB agar for several days at room temperature. A wet mount of a colony showed small diplococci and single cells, making this likely to be a species of... Read More

Synthetic DNA vaccine against MERS induces immunity in animal study

PHILADELPHIA - A novel synthetic DNA vaccine can, for the first time, induce protective immunity against the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus in animal species, reported researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Read More
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