Pale Pathogenic Blue: new explorations in bacterial bioluminescence II

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Bioluminescence is the remarkable ability of living organisms to emit light and occurs widely in nature including in some fungi and bacteria.  Bacterial bioluminescence gave rise to some earliest insights in medical microbiology when it was first observed in 1825 on two discarded corpses at The Anatomy School in London. When the luminous
microorganisms were scraped from the corpses it was found that they could make
others glow providing one of the very first practical demonstrations of the
role of microorganisms and their transmission.   This is an image of an agar plate culture of Photorhabdus asymbiotica a bioluminescent bacterium that kills insects, and causes them to glow in the process, and which is  also a human pathogen, causing glow-in-the dark wound infections. A another new adventure begins…..

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