Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Above: Acid Fast Mycobacteria in macrophages
I really do have a reason for posting these here, mostly to save them for myself. I'm excited about a commission to embroider TB. What do you think? The red rods above or the yellow rods below?
Mycobacteria can also be stained with auramine and viewed with fluorescence microscopy, in which acid fast bacilli now appear as glowing yellow rods. This method is easier to use to screen for mycobacteria and is the method routinely used in sputum specimens sent to the laboratory.
Edit: ooops,the pretty colored photo on the top is Mycobaterium avium. The one of Mycobacterium tuberculosis that I have found doesn't want to come visit this blog.
The Mtb are fewer in number and shorter than the Ma. It's an altogether less attractive slide.