Research Images As Art 2014/15 Gallery
Attack of the Clones
Bacteria coexist with us in our day-to-day lives, and their capacity of rapidly increasing in number is critical in the process of surface and tissue colonization and infection. In this single scanning electron microscopy (SEM) frame, we were able to capture a collection of Staphylococcus aureus cells in different stages of division. The beauty of this image lies in the clear representation of the binary fission process starting with a single bacterium (right) and finishing as a cluster of newly-formed cells (left), which possess identical genetic information and are therefore ‘clones’ of the initial parent bacterium.
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