Sizing up microbes

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The size range of life forms is dictated by basic principles of physics. Large microorganisms, with sizes approaching a millimeter, have compensating features that address the immutable laws of physics. For pathogens, size may impact a range of functions, such as adherence and immune evasion. We review several recent studies on factors impacting, and impacted by, the size of microorganisms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)483-484
Number of pages2
JournalGut microbes
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2012


  • Cryptococcus
  • Epulopiscium
  • FabH
  • Size
  • Streptococcus
  • Thiomargarita

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases


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