Under a magnification of 42X, this 2007 scanning electron microscopic (SEM) image depicted the fibrous configuration of a plain, uninoculated polyester swab. This swab, as well as three other materials, including macrofoam (see PHIL 9736, 9737, 9738), rayon (see PHIL 9734), and cotton (see PHIL 9732, 9733) were scanned for a CDC study involving their efficiency in recovery of Bacillus anthracis bacterial spores from steel coupons that had been inoculated with a spore suspension of known concentration. The article discussing the description of this swab material analysis, and the analytical results was published in ”Emerging Infectious Diseases”, Vol. 10, No. 6, June 2004, and was entitled, Swab Materials and Bacillus anthracis Spore Recovery from Nonporous Surfaces. A link to this article is found below.