Informative articles written by scientists and medical professionals describing various aspects of microbiology. Useful for students, teachers, scientists, clinicians, and everyone with an interest in microbiology.
is a type of amoeba
that lives in the environment, in the soil, in fresh water and in other habitats. Acanthamoeba
rarely causes infections but when it does cause infection, however, it can be extremely serious. Diseases caused by Acanthamoeba
include amoebic keratitis and encephalitis. Encephalitis is caused by Acanthamoeba
entering cuts and spreading to the central nervous system. Amoebic keratitis is a rare disease where the amoebae (Acanthamoeba
) invade the cornea of the eye. Recently, there have been multiple reports of increasing incidence of Acanthamoeba
keratitis especially among contact lens wearers.
Further reading: Acanthamoeba: Biology and Pathogenesis
See also: Acanthamoeba pictures, illustrations and figures
An informative series of articles on all aspects of microbiology written by scientists and medical professionals describing various topics of microbiology. Invaluable for students, teachers, scientists, clinicians, and everyone with an interest in microbiology.
Microbiology is the study of tiny living organisms. These can be single cell microscopic organisms or microscopic organisms consisting of many cells. Microbiology includes the study of eukaryotes such as fungi and protists but is mainly concerned with the study of prokaryotes such as bacteria and certain algae. Viruses are also included. Microbiology is subdivided into branches including bacteriology, virology, mycology, parasitology and others.