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Staphylococcus aureus Slide, w.m.

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A microscope slide of the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus. Although not always pathogenic, some strains are a common cause of skin infections.

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Allow students to explore a well-studied Gram-positive organism, Staphylococcus aureus. This spherical (coccus) bacterium is commonly found in the respiratory tract and on skin, with some strains being pathogenic, causing boils and abscesses. Antibiotic-resistant strains, such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), can cause a variety of problems, from skin to blood infections.

After asexual reproduction by binary fission, the daughter cells tend to stick together. This causes grape-like clusters to form, which can easily be seen by students. The Staphylococcus aureus slide is an excellent example for basic histology and pathology studies.

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