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Treponema pallidum bacteria

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An electron photomicrograph of two spiral-shaped Treponema pallidum bacteria.

Here we see two Treponema pallidum bacteria scanned by an electron microscope, magnified 36,000X. T. pallidum is the causative agent of syphilis. It contains one of the smallest prokaryotic genomes consisting of about 1000 kilobase pairs.
 
 

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