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This dazzling perspective of germinated Bacillus anthracis Sterne spores was obtained as part of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory research to enhance biological threat detection. The image, captured with a fluorescent microscope, shows hundreds of the growing bacteria, which are a surrogate for deadly anthrax disease. The research provides a foundation for better understanding the bacteria’s behavior, and could lead to the development of a technology that takes advantage of a simple smartphone microscope to rapidly detect and identify biothreats. Such a small tool could serve as a significant resource for first responders, who may be weighted down with heavy gear, yet still must rapidly assess situations and make quick decisions. The research has been conducted as part of PNNL’s Laboratory Directed Research and Development program.

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Document Title: Germinated Bacillus anthracis spores stained and imaged with a smartphone microscope.
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Media Type: Photos
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