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  • Bonnie Koenig

    TEM of a section through Naegleria fowleri, a free-living amoeba found in warm bodies of fresh water that can invade and attack the human nervous system and brain, causing primary amoebic meningoencephalitis (PAM). Although this occurs rarely, such an infection nearly always results in the death of the victim.

  • Doug A

    Paul Gleave TEM of a section through Naegleria fowleri protozoan, brain eating amoeba

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