Streptococcus mutans bacteria, SEM

Streptococcus mutans bacteria, SEM

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Caption: Streptococcus mutans. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of Streptococcus mutans bacteria. These are Gram-positive, non-motile, spherical bacteria (cocci) which typically form chains of cells (as seen here). S. mutans is found in the mouth cavity. It is one of the principal bacteria causing plaque formation on teeth, and a major cause of tooth decay. Magnification: x6,750 at 6x7cm size. x11,000 at 4x5 inch size.

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