STEVE GSCHMEISSNER / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY STEVE GSCHMEISSNER / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Faecal bacteria. Scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of bacteria cultured from a sample of human faeces. At least 50 per cent of human faeces is made up of bacteria shed from the gut. Many of these bacteria are a normal part of the flora found in the intestines and are beneficial to digestion. However, some are pathogenic, such as Salmonella enterica and certain strains of Escherichia coli, which can cause foodborne illnesses. Magnification: x3500 when printed 10 centimetres wide.
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