|MadSci Network: Microbiology|
Hi - Micrococcus luteus is a Gram-positive coccus, or a microbe with a single cell membrane and a spherical shape. The bacteria produce striking bright yellow colonies on most types of microbiological media.
It can be found in soil as well as on human skin, as a normal member of our flora. For the most part is causes us no harm. The bacteria can degrade compounds in sweat, and on the skin, into ones producing unpleasant odors ( foot odor, for instance). Rarely, it may also be associated with infections in the blood (sepsis), or endocarditis - an infection of the lining of the heart. Individuals with such infections often have a weakened immune system. M. luteus is not considered pathogen, or "disease-causing" organism of healthy people.
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Lynn Bry, Admin MadSci Network
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