DAPI-stained bacteria

This high-magnification microscopic image shows other deep-sea sediment bacteria, this time stained with DAPI, a DNA-specific stain. Here we can deduce bacterial activity from the chain of cells, some of which have clearly reproduced (divided in half) but not yet separated from each other. Image courtesy of Arctic Exploration 2002, Shelly Carpenter, NOAA/OER.

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Arctic Expedition 2002

Arctic Exploration: Novel Microorganisms

NOAA Ocean Explorer Gallery