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An algivorous heliozoan?

Those round green structures inside what looks like an empty Spirogyra looked (at higher magnification) just like Acanthocystis. Acanthocystis (or at least Acanthocystis turfacae) is algaivorous and takes on Chlorella endosymbionts. (reference) There are two types of Chlorella that support … Continue reading

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Green Algae from Pintrest

Made a Pintrest page to see if I could store images there (free, unlimited) and post them here.  Check! These are from my stock culture of Spirogyra.  Interesting (or not) that its contaminated with what I think is Chlorella.  Cool … Continue reading

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Centrifugation!

I can spin down Chlorella cells! 10′ in the clinical centrifuges from the Biology lab:

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No shortcuts

The fact that Chlorella grows so slowly isn’t a problem for me personally, I don’t have time to attend to this stuff every day so it kind of works out nicely.  BUT, if I want to come up with projects … Continue reading

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Unidentified Lepidopterans

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250 Angstroms. Keep your books.

How long is the adenovirus fiber shaft? Internet: 1 hour of clicking through primary literature: nothing.  Lots of mentions of protein sizes, number of repeats, sizes in base pairs, but very little mention of how long the damn structure is. … Continue reading

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Inside Out?

Naturally, when you look at an insect you think: “I wonder if I can sterilize the outside of that thing, crush it up in sterile media and plate the resulting goo to see if any microbes from the inside will … Continue reading

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