Artist Rogan Brown created this incredibly detailed cut-paper sculpture of an E. coli bacterium.
At 112 centimetres in length, it is half a million times larger than life. As Brown says:
Obviously when enlarging to this degree you have to use your imagination to complete the image but the main features here are accurate: the flagella or tentacle-like appendages allow the bacteria to swim through the intestinal tract and the pilli or hair-like structures allow it to attach itself to the intestine wall.
The close-up below shows the sculpture in greater detail.
Originally published by Cosmos as E. Coli bacterium expand to more than a metre
Bill Condie is a science journalist based in Adelaide, Australia.
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