Tagged: bacteria

The numbers game - Labrinth

Vic Arcus Feb 16, 2010

Biology is about big and small. Really big (a whale) and really, really small (a bacterial cell). For a beautiful visual tour of the big to the very small, I can recommend this from the Learn Genetics website (this website was recently awarded the Science prize for online resources in education). This animated web page lets you zoom … Read More

Bug of the week - Labrinth

Vic Arcus Feb 08, 2010

I love microbiology. Microbes are simpler than plants or animals – just single cells dividing and expanding in number (exponentially!). Microbes invented photosynthesis, they invented antibiotics, they even invented sex. Simple, yet stunningly diverse, they live everywhere – in the soil, in the rocks, in the sea, on your skin, in your stomach. There’s a whole community of bugs living … Read More

Helices turn right or left - Labrinth

Vic Arcus Oct 29, 2009

I was in the garden this weekend and I saw the new tendrils on our passion-fruit vine winding their way outwards from the main stem of the vine. The tiny passion-fruit leaders form helices which grasp onto, and wind their way around the wire which we attached to the wall. The new spring growth in the garden has lots of … Read More

Faster Than a Speeding Antibiotic… - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Oct 24, 2009

I see once again the “superbug” is in the news, with poor old North Shore Hospital attempting to control an outbreak by splitting up their wards. Having worked in such an environment, I know exactly how frustrating that can be for nursing staff. Reverse barrier nursing (gloves, gowns, caps and overshoes to protect the nurse [...] … Read More