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Under a high magnification of 12,483X, this digitally-colorized, scanning electron microscopic (SEM) image depicts spores from the Sterne strain of Bacillus anthracis bacteria. For a black and white version of this image, see PHIL 2267. A key characteristic of the Sterne strain of B. anthracis, is the wrinkled surface of the protein coat of these bacterial spores. These endospores can live for many years, which enables these bacteria to survive in a dormant state, under environmentally-stressful circumstances.
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Content Providers(s):CDC/ Laura Rose
Creation Date:2002
Photo Credit:Janice Haney Carr
CDC Organization
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