The Strange Beauty Of Viruses Under The Microscope


We all know that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but sometimes beauty if fund in the places you’d never expect, even in the cellular realm. With the help of a microscope, scientists can isolate some of the most common or deadly viruses and analyse if there’s a definitive cure for them. Though some of them aren’t something we want to have near, their strange beauty is striking and unexpected. We’ll take you to a cellular tour of some of the responsible of illness and we’ll try to find something beautiful through the lenses of a scientific microscope.

Ebola virus

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Ebola virus was discovered in 1976 after an outbreak in Yambuku, Democratic Republic of the Congo. It has the highest case-fatality rate of the ebolaviruses family, averaging 83 percent since the first outbreaks. Transmission has been attributed to reuse of unsterilized needles and close personal contact, body fluids and places where the person has touched.


Gas gangrene


Also known as clostridial myonecrosis is a bacterial infection that produces gas in tissues in gangrene. This deadly form of gangrene is considered a medical emergency. Treatment is usually debridement and excision, with amputation necessary in many cases. Unfortunately, water-soluble antibiotics such as penicillin.