Microbe Monday – 4/9/18

Calling all Microbiologists and other Scientists, it’s Monday! Time for another #MicrobeMonday!

This microbe:

  • Is spiral shaped
  • Contains one of the smallest prokaryotic genomes
  • Consists of about 1000 kilobase pairs
  • Is a bacteria
  • Is helically coiled
  • About 6-15 µm long and 0.1–0.2 µm wide
  • Has a cytoplasmic and an outer membrane
  • Gram negative, though some regard believe it is too thin to be gram stained
  • Has 3 known subspecies
  • Is detected with special stains
  • Enters the host through cuts in squamous or columnar epithelium
  • Moves in a corkscrew motion through the mucous membranes
  • Accesses host’s blood and lymph systems through tissue and mucous membranes

Think you know what this microbe is? Leave your guess in the comments below! And remember, if you need microbial analysis or testing, submit your test request by callling 1-855-377-6821 or at

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