FRANCIS LEROY, BIOCOSMOS / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY FRANCIS LEROY, BIOCOSMOS / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Artwork of the bacterium Escherichia coli during cell division. It belongs to the genus of Gram- negative rod-shaped bacteria and is generally motile. Escherichia coli has the ability to ferment carbohydrates, usually with the production of gas and is found in the intestines of man and many animals. This bacterium is usually not harmful but under certain conditions may cause infections of the urinogenital tract and diarrhoea in children. It is probably one of the best studied bacteria and it is widely used in bacteriological and genetic experiments.
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