Staphylococcus epidermidis bacteria

Staphylococcus epidermidis bacteria

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Caption: False-colour transmission electron micrograph (TEM) of Staphylococcus epidermidis, a species of spherical, gram positive, non-motile bacteria. 2 bacteria are seen dividing by binary fission. S. epidermidis is generally non-pathogenic in man, occuring on the skin and on many mucous membranes. However, the bacterium's ability to colonize plastic has resulted in infections around catheters & surgical implants (cerebro-spinal fluid shunts & heart valves, for example). Such infections often fail to respond to antibiotics, and the implants may have to be removed. Magnification: X 12,000 at 35mm size, x24,000 at 6x7cm size.

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Keywords: bacteria, bacterial, bacteriology, bacterium, electron micrograph, from skin, gram-positive bacteria, implant infection, micro-organisms, microbe, microbes, microbiology, prostheses infection, staphylococcus epidermidis, tem, transmission

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