Clostridium Botulinum

Clostridium Botulinum

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Caption: Clostridium botulinum bacteria (botulism bacillus). This bacterium secretes a powerful toxin which blocks the motor neurons responsible for muscle contraction. When injected locally this toxin (Botox) diminishes wrinkles by paralysing the muscles that cause them. Optical microscope x 2000.

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Keywords: bacillus, bacteriology, bacterium, botox, botulinal toxin, botulism, clostridiaceae, clostridiales, clostridium, clostridium botulinum, firmicutes, foodborne illness, gram-positive, medicine, microbiology, microorganism, microscope, neurotoxin, optical microscope, result, scientific imagery

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