Art and Science of Laboratory Medicine

Art and Science of Laboratory Medicine

Wednesday, December 31, 2014 mean how we plan to spend the New Year evening?

Important work 24/7/365

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Happy New Year Laboratory Scientists

Keep on doing important work for humankind

Intravenous Party Kit

Happy New Year

Medical Laboratory Professionals

A cacke for the lab scientists. You have earned it.

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Medical Lab | Minor Custom Crafts

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

When you move, your microbes move with you

In a study published in Science in August, scientists cataloged the microbes of seven families, swabbing the hands, feet, and noses of each family member, including pets for six weeks. They also collected samples from doorknobs, light switches, and other household surfaces. Each home had a distinct microbial community that came mostly from its human inhabitants, and the scientists could tell which home a person lived in just by matching microbial profiles.

Three of the families moved during the study period, and it only took about a day for their microbes to settle in to the new place. As the journal’s editors put it: “When families moved, their microbiological ‘aura’ followed.”

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9 Amazing and Gross Things Scientists Discovered About Microbes This Year 

Source: Wired

Reducing Unecessary Testing

As clinical laboratory testing options continue to grow and become more complex, it isn't always clear what the best test is for a patient on an individual basis. Across the country, healthcare facilities are placing an emphasis on ordering the right set of tests in an effort to cut down on both over- and under-utilization of the laboratory. 

"We run into this problem all the time, where people do a test because they can, rather than because it helps the patient or helps them to make a diagnosis."

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Reducing Unecessary Testing


Biologists Take Cellfies

Scientists know how to show off the finer details. Take some selfies in the lab while looking down the microscope with this funny science pun thats bound to get some groans or giggles out of your colleagues.

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iPhone Cases, Samsung Galaxy Cases and Phone Skins 

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DNA Bracelet

Luxury jewellry for the scientists

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Image credits: missmayim

Carbon Tetra Fluoride

Only Scientists Will Understand These Jokes

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Jokes (20 pics) - Pic #6 

Parasite Eggs From the Celtic Period

Archaeologists from the University of Basel discovered eggs of intestinal parasites in samples from the former Celtic settlement “Basel-Gasfabrik”, and concluded that its population lived in poor sanitary conditions. Using special geoarchaelogical methods, they found three different types of parasites.
As part of an international project, researchers at the Integrative Prehistory and Archaeological Science center (IPAS) at the University of Basel examined samples from the “Basel-Gasfabrik” Celtic settlement, at the present day site of Novartis. The settlement was inhabited around 100 B.C. and is one of the most significant Celtic sites in Central Europe. The team found the durable eggs of roundworms (Ascaris sp.), whipworms, (Trichuris sp.) and liver flukes (Fasciola sp.). The eggs of these intestinal parasites were discovered in the backfill of 2000 year-old storage and cellar pits from the Iron Age.

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University of Basel

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Lyme disease enhances spread of babesiosis

Mice that are already infected with the pathogen that causes Lyme disease appear to facilitate the spread of a lesser-known but emerging disease, babesiosis, into new areas. Research led by the Yale School of Public Health and published Dec. 29 in the journal PLOS ONEused laboratory experiments,  mathematical models, and fieldwork data to find that mice infected with the agent that causes Lyme disease (Borrelia burgdorferi) are at increased risk for also transmitting Babesia microti, the pathogen responsible for babesiosis, and could be enhancing the geographic spread of this emerging disease. Both diseases are transmitted to humans through the bite of infected black-legged ticks (Ixodes scapularis).

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Lyme disease enhances spread of emerging tick infection

Crochet Molecules

Cute molecules for the scientists

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Moléculas de pelúcia [galeria]

Source:  Biomedicina Padrão

Monday, December 29, 2014

Anatomy of Obesity

Look at the differences in the organs of these two people. The left person has a layer of fat surrounding all the organs, I mean look at his/her heart! There is no way all those organs can efficiently do their job when they are that compacted. Next take a look at the joints of both people, especially the ankles. The human body is not designed to support that much extra weight.

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Changing My Life, One Step at a Time

Source: Emily James Fitness

Time to go skiing

Anatomy sports underwear

Biologist´s Cell Phone

 Latest modell is now available...

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BIOL2060: Cell Biology

Image credits: Harantula Design

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Blood for Holiday Season

Don´t forget to donate

Petri Towers

Microbiology art

Source: Facebook via Medical Microbiologist

Gimme a pipette!

Next generation scientist

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mad scientist baby

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Frost in the Petri Plate

Frost like colonies

Source: facebook
Image credits: Zeynep Kaya

The Role of Red Blood Cells in Anemia - Video

Learn about how the body makes red blood cells, which contain hemoglobin and carry oxygen throughout the body. Anemia occurs when there are too few red blood cells or not enough hemoglobin.

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The Role of Red Blood Cells in Anemia - YouTube

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Helicobacter fennelliae from blood culture

Helicobacter is a gram-negative rod with a helical shape on gram stain. The most known strain is H. pylori, which causes ulcers and chronic gastritis and is said to affect up to 50% of the human population. This particular strain, Helicobacter fennelliae is most commonly found in the feces and blood of homosexual men, and can cause bacteremia in immunocompromised patients.

The organism was identified at the University of Colorado Hospital Clinical Laboratory in the microbiology department.

Helicobacter fennelliae from blood culture

Source: Microbeworld
Credits: Cara Faliano, University of Colorado Hospital | Veronica Broslawik, University of Colorado Hospital

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Marschmellow DNA

Delicious DNA structure

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Science Fair Winners

Source: The Forum

Chemistry Bikini

You’ll be voted the most smartly dressed this summer while sporting this scientific swim top, sold exclusively at ModCloth! With a bow-like knot between its slightly padded cups, this black bikini top boasts a clever and quirky print of 2-D molecular models that cross-link between red, yellow, and blue polygons.

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Biquini para os apaixonados por Química

Source: Hiper Original

Red Blood Cells Silk Scarf

Red blood cells are highly recognizable for their unique shape and lovely color. Celebrate what's beautiful on the inside with this scarf, featuring a print adapted from one of my watercolors of erythrocytes.

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Red Blood Cells Silk Charmeuse Scarf

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Ice Laboratory

Lab glassware made of ice.

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Full Spectrum Ice Sculptures

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Fungal Snowman

Hat, Eyes, Mouth, Buttons: Aspergillus niger; Arms: Aspergillus nidulans; Nose: Aspergillus terreus with Penicillium marneffei; Body: Neosartorya fischeri.

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Fungal Snowman 

Source: JCVI Blog

Friday, December 26, 2014

Christmas Tree from Poland

Christmas tree of bio-chemistry class form Poniatowski high school in Poland

Source: Facebook via Trust me I´m a biologist.
Image credits: Zuzia Fitas

Winter Microscope

Art and Science <3

Snowman Scientists

Look! - Stem cells!

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A very funny stem cell cartoon

Source: Bizarro

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Art of Science

Awesome bacterial art

Source: Facebook via Medical Microbiologist

Fungal Christmas Tree

The most beautiful Christmas tree

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Fungal Christmas Tree

Source: JCVI Blog

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Laboratory Christmas Tree

More crazy Christmas trees, some Tiny Christmas Games, and today ... science!

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The Creen Laboratory 2.0

Source: The Green Laboratory 2.0

A Perfect Monocyte

This monocyte is wishing you lovely holidays

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2014’s Most “Liked” Images of the Day 

Source: The Scientist

Happy Microbial Holidays!

Here are some lovely "self-portraits" of bacterial bioluminescence.

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Merry Luxmas and Happy Microbial Holidays!

Source: All Creatures Great AND Small: Preaching Microbial Supremacy!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Micro Christmas

Amazing Bacterial Christmas Tree

Source: Facebook via Medical Microbiologist

I Love Gram Stain

A beautiful heart in gram stain.

Source: Facebook
Image credits: Teodora Djuric

S.aureus hemolysis on blood agar

S. aureus ST151 and ST3028 on blood agar plates. Both strains were isolated from cases of subclinical mastitis The plates were incubated at 37 C for 24 or 48 hrs as shown in the picture. ST3028 is one of the novel strains recently identified. What is interesting is the differential hemolysis pattern of these two strains. ST3028 look non hemolytic which is unusual in most cow associated strain types. ST3028 is a single locus variant of ST2187 which is a cow adapted S. aureus strain type. 

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S.aureus hemolysis on blood agar

Source: Microbeworld
Image credits: Robert Mugabi

Monday, December 22, 2014

NHS DNA scheme to fight cancer and genetic diseases

Under the scheme, 11 Genomics Medicine Centres are being set up in English hospitals to gather DNA samples to help devise targeted treatments for a wide range of diseases. It is focusing on cancer and rare genetic diseases. The aim is to sequence 100,000 genomes within three years in order to develop new tests and drugs. Doctors will offer suitable patients the opportunity to take part in the scheme. 

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NHS DNA scheme to fight cancer and genetic diseases

Source: BBC News
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Neutrophil Motility Is A Potential Sepsis Biomarker

Tracking neutrophil motility patterns could provide early diagnosis of life-threatening condition

In a study, a movement of neutrophils in the absence of chemical signals was observed in samples taken from some patients several days before a diagnosis of sepsis could be made, and once effective antibiotic treatment began, the unusual movement pattern began to fade. The authors note that, in addition to allowing faster initiation of antibiotic treatment, the ability to diagnose sepsis rapidly and accurately would reduce the inappropriate use of antibiotics that leads to the proliferation of resistant bacteria that is so common in burn units.

"Since only a handful of rare genetic disorders affect neutrophil function, it has long been assumed that studying these cells was not important; but our findings indicate that neutrophils play a much more important role in sepsis than has been appreciated"

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Altered movement of white blood cells may predict sepsis in patients with major burns 

Source: EurekAlert
Image credits: BioMEMS Resource Center, Massachusetts General Hospital

Laboratory, PA, United States

Home of all laboratory scientists

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Christmas Cookies

Delicious gingerbread for scientists

Source: Facebook via Trust me I´m biologist
Image credits: Mor Weinberger

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Blood Vial Christmas Decorations

Maria Hunt´s Christmas present to laboratory scientists

Source: Facebook
Image credits: Maria Hunt

Felices Fiestas Científicos

Seasons greetings from Spain
by Suny Collado

Source: Facebook
Image credits: Suny Collado

Lab Christmas wreaths

Lab people are so creative...

Lab Christmas Tree

Merry Christmas to all laboratory scientists

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Have A Happy Microbial Holiday Season!

Source: All Creatures Great AND Small

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Bacillus Christmas Tree

Most of the strains used belong to the Bacillus genus and the rest are just random colorful petri dish contaminants. 

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Christmas tree :-)

Source: Microbeworld
Image credits: Rositsa Tashkova, Université de Nantes, France

Friday, December 19, 2014

Blood Tube Christmas Tree

Camilla is having fun in her small specimen collection station.

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Image credits: Camilla Schibler Nielsen

Petri Dish Art

Beautiful pyramide of petri plates "Petrimide"

Source: Facebook via Medical Microbiologist

Non-communicable diseases increase premature death globally

In the first in a series of papers has been published in the Lancet today, Global Burden of Disease Study 2010 has been updated to GBD 2013 three years later. The authors aimed to ascertain changes in the global, regional and national burden of mortality for 240 causes of death across 188 countries between 1990-2013. Using similar methods to those used in GBD 2010, but with the addition of new data and improvements in their statistical modelling, the authors found several exciting results.

Generally, although has been a reduction in age- and sex- specific mortality, there has been a shift towards a greater proportion of deaths being due to non-communicable disease and injury. Rising death rates from some important NCDs such as diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, selected vascular conditions such as atrial fibrillation, and chronic kidney disease, as well as stagnant mortality from leading causes of death such as cancers of the lung, liver, prostate, pancreas, and kidney have the potential to reverse some of these gains made in premature mortality reduction.

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The Global Burden of Disease: non-communicable diseases increase premature death

Source: Biomed Central

Laboratory Love

My heart belongs to lab

Source: Facebook via Trust me. I am a biologist.
Image credits: Bastian

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