Clostridium perfringens bacterium

Clostridium perfringens bacterium

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Caption: Coloured transmission electron micrograph of a Clostridium perfringens bacterium in the process of division, and with developing endospores. This Gram- positive, spore-forming bacteria is commonly found in soil and causes several human diseases. Here, terminal spores are a resting phase induced by adverse conditions, and each spore will germinate into a bacterium when conditions become favourable. C. perfringens produces an exotoxin (alpha-toxin) capable of digesting human muscle & other tissues. It can contaminate food sources of meat, causing blood poisoning and food poisoning. It also causes gas gangrene in infected wounds. Magnification: x14,400 at 6x4.5cm size.

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