IMAGES: Bringing Bugs Into Focus

Science  28 Jan 2005:
Vol. 307, Issue 5709, pp. 491
DOI: 10.1126/science.307.5709.491a

Teachers looking for just the right illustration to clarify a microbiology lab or lecture might want to visit the Microbe Library. Since last reviewed by NetWatch (9 June 2000, p. 1699), the educational site from the American Society for Microbiology has begun charging for course materials, but most of the visuals remain free. Check out more than 350 photos, diagrams, and videos from microbial mug shots to animations that explicate biological processes such as gene regulation and DNA repair. Tutorials can help students master tools and techniques such as acid-fast staining, used to identify bugs such as tuberculosis bacteria that shrug off traditional dyes. Included are stills which come from an animation that shows how a coated virus infiltrates an animal cell.

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