Computer-generated representation of the amoeba
Naegleria fowleri, which causes deadly brain infections.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The brain-eating amoeba Naegleria fowleri kills 97% of its victims, and infections are almost impossible to diagnose quickly. Here is how it kills.
Children at a school in Antananarivo, Madagascar, during a plague outbreak, Oct. 3, 2017.
AP Photo/Alexander Joe, File
Where do plague bacteria go between outbreaks? Research demonstrates that they can survive and replicate inside amoebae that are widely present in soil and water worldwide.
Dictyostelium discoideum at work.
They may be single-celled organisms, but as our distant cousins amoeba can tell us a lot about ourselves.
The disease can only occur when contaminated water goes up into the nose.
Amoebas are ancient bugs that predate multicellular organisms that often hide in water and mud.
Feeling fruity: the amoeba Dictyostelium discoideum forms ‘fruiting bodies’
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