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. #uvwater #viqua
"When any organism dies, its body quickly changes to a highly acid environment and is consumed by microbes very quickly. If we begin to resemble this very acid, or death state, then we begin to come under attack from microbes. All human diseases are the result of such an attack." --The Secret of Shambhala
"Brains are gorgeous at the right magnification", says Mark Miller on his "neuro" set of photos in flickr. Self-described as an intracellular recording artist, Miller shows images of a mouse's neuronal network. Covering different areas of the brain such as the cingulated cortex or motor cortex, the images are quite impressive, particularly since the neurons connecting in the brain resemble the large-scale structure of the universe.
✯ Nerve cells and glial cells, coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM). The nerve cells have small cell bodies (pink) and fine extensions called axons and dendrites (mauve). The glial cells have large cell bodies (brown) with thicker extensions (mauve). Neurons are responsible for passing information around the central nervous system (CNS) and from the CNS to the rest of the body. Glial cells are nervous system cells that provide the neurons with structural support and protection.✯