Mycobacterium

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Mycobacterium
TEM micrograph of M. tuberculosis.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Bacteria
Phylum: Actinobacteria
Order: Actinomycetales
Suborder: Corynebacterineae
Family: Mycobacteriaceae
Genus: Mycobacterium
Lehmann & Neumann 1896
A close up of a culture of M. tuberculosis. The patches that look like foam are the typical growth pattern of these bacteria

Mycobacterium is a genus of bacteria, with about 100 species.The genus includes pathogens known to cause serious diseases in mammals, including tuberculosis (Mycobacterium tuberculosis) and leprosy (Mycobacterium leprae).[1] The Greek prefix myco means “fungus”. When they are cultured on the surface of liquids, Mycobacteria growth is similar to that of molds, a kind of fungus.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. Ryan KJ, Ray CG (editors) (2004). Sherris Medical Microbiology (4th ed.). McGraw Hill. ISBN 0-8385-8529-9 .
  2. James H. Kerr and Terry L. Barrett, “Atypical Mycobacterial Diseases”, Military Dermatology Textbook, p. 401.