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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.
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.
For over 70 years our mission has been to provide educators with top-quality microscope slides for botany, zoology, histology, embryology, parasitology, genetics, and pathology. To fulfill that mission, we depend on our experienced, professional staff's commitment to finding new and innovative ways of meeting your classroom needs at an affordable cost. The result is an extensive collection of prepared slides for educators at all levels of instruction backed by our expert technical support.
We welcome the opportunity to prepare custom slides and sets to your specifications. For more information, please call 800.227.1150 and ask for the Microscope Slides Department.