|Description:||Under a magnification of 125x, this image revealed what was an artifactual finding on the surface of a mycoplasma agar medium due to either a water, or oil droplet. Mycoplasma agar is used in the cultivation of Mycoplams spp. in a laboratory setting.|
Contaminants are a constant threat in the laboratory, causing scientists to develop laboratory protocols in order to minimize as much as possible their negative impacts upon experimental findings. Findings such as this one, which can be mistaken for pathogenic organisms, or pathologic processes, proves why a qualified diagnostician must be very well aware of these misleading aberrant variants.