Anthrax bacteria. Light micrograph of anthrax bacteria (Bacillus anthracis). Anthrax bacteria infect humans in two ways - a skin infection or a lung infection. The skin infection is usually treatable with antibiotics. Inhalation of anthrax spores and the development of pulmonary (lung) anthrax is often fatal unless antibiotics can be administered before the symptoms appear. Anthrax spores are easily cultured, and there is concern that anthrax bacteria could be used in an act of bioterrorism. Magnification x830 when printed 10cm wide.
About the Artist - Biomedical Imaging Unit, Southampton General Hospital
Science Photo Library was founded in 1981 by Michael Marten, one of the authors of "Worlds Within Worlds", a book exploring different ways to observe the universe - from electron micrographs, to images of earthrise taken from the Apollo spacecraft. When Marten started receiving requests for the beautiful images in the book, he had an idea of setting up Science Photo Library.
Since then, Science Photo Library has continued to work alongside world acclaimed photographers and the leading science and medical experts to provide a central source of the best science and specialist imagery available. Although the collection started with scientific images, it has grown to encompass all aspects of science and their impact on everyday life.
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