Scientists spy on the secret inner life of bacteria

New images uncover mysterious structures inside microbes, including mini towers, fishhooks, train tracks and horseshoes

vesicle in the bacterium Halothiobacillus neapolitanus

UNDER THE SKIN  Researchers have discovered mysterious structures, such as these bubblelike compartments called vesicles that sit between the cell membrane (cyan) and the cell wall (purple) of the bacterium Halothiobacillus neapolitanus (cryotomogram, top;  3-D reconstruction, bottom).

M.J. Dobro/Journal of Bacteriology 2017

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