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A microscopic bacterial organism, a spirochete apperars worm-like, spiral-shaped, and wiggles vigorously when viewed under a microscope. Treponema pallidum, the cause of syphilis, is a particularly well-known member of the spirochaeta family. The term spirochete is an odd hybrid of greek and latin roots, the latin spira for coil and the greek chaite for long flowing hair, formed because the spirochete looked like a coil of hair.

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Re: A little help

... population had been classified a disease. I am aware of the multi-legged frogs that gave everyone a scare a few years back that was caused by spirochetes. I will have to look further into this "sixth digit" disease.

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by Grisner
Thu Jun 27, 2013 5:23 pm
Forum: Evolution
Topic: A little help
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biology help!!!!!!!!!!

... his sister got here too. She had been a blue green alga who was gobbled up. "Awesome!" His brother, Flag, the book said, maybe came from spirochetes who started living all over the host's body. The scientists weren't real sure about that one though. Mito had always thought that Flag was ...

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by takuy12345
Thu Jun 23, 2011 3:04 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: biology help!!!!!!!!!!
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Re: Question

... be a whole bacteria, not just the flagella, but you'd think, if that was the case, the flagella of eukaryotes and bacteria would be quite similar. Spirochetes use a rotary molecular motor to power their flagella, same as all bacteria. I don't think there is a lot of evidence to support the idea ...

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by IUAlum
Tue Mar 08, 2011 3:40 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Question about flagella
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... simple single prokaryotic cell (nucleus is not enclosed by a membrane); some form chains or mats absorb food bacteria, blue-green algae, and spirochetes Protista large, single eukaryotic cell (nucleus is enclosed by a membrane); some form chains or colonies absorb, ingest, and/or photosynthesize ...

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by Dinkey
Tue Jun 23, 2009 10:27 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: characteristics of the six kingdoms
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Counting spirochetes

Hi folks, I'm growing spirochetes (Borrelia) in liquid media and need to enumerate them. I'm looking for a procedure that uses a regular hemocytometer (not a darkfield one) or other affordable method. Can anyone help? Thanks very much.

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by bkcahill
Tue Aug 12, 2008 5:42 pm
Forum: Microbiology
Topic: Counting spirochetes
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