Microbe Monday – 4/23/18

Here we go again! Time for another #MicrobeMonday!

Today’s microbe:

  • is a bacteria
  • is an obligate intracellular parasite
  • many “species” of the bacteria exist
  • the species have genomes between 1.0 and 1.3 megabases in length
  • encode 900-1050 proteins
  • is found in elementary body form and reticulate body form
  • infections do not often cause symptoms
  • can be detected through culture and nonculture tests such as: fluorescent monoclonal antibody, enzyme immunoassay and DNA probes
  • most likely shares an ancestor with cyanobacteria
  • has plant-like traits
  • 1.59 million cases of the disease cause by this microbe are reported every year


Think you know what this microbe is?

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