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This illustration depicts a three-dimensional (3D) computer-generated image of a group of anaerobic, spore-forming, Clostridium sp. organisms. The artistic recreation was based upon scanning electron microscopic (SEM) imagery. You’ll note, that a number of these organisms have assumed a safety-pin, or clubbed shape, that is indicative of their having entered what is known as an endospore phase, which is a tougher, dormant phase, resistant to heat and UV-radiation.
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Content Providers(s):CDC/ James Archer
Creation Date:2016
Photo Credit:Illustrator: Jennifer Oosthuizen
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