STOMACH-CHURNING images have revealed the gruesome bacteria lurking on human hair and skin and hiding inside the body.
The colourful scans show E. coli dotted on the skin’s surface and around human hair follicles. Other fascinating shots show the bacteria of a human lung infection and bright green shots show the Streptococcus salivarius that causes plaque on teeth.
One eye-catching picture shows food poisoning causing bacteria in the small intestine.
The interesting scans were taken by Hawaii based award-winning microscopist, Dennis Kunkel.
“I worked with some researchers in the nineties on human skin and intestinal bacteria and continued to obtain bacteria from these areas to study and photograph for my image collection,” said Dennis.
“I have worked with many microbiologists and clients who have supplied human bacteria.
“Using electron microscopy methods and imaging reveals many things about bacterial morphology and human bacterial interactions.”
“The microbiological community diversity interests me the most in the human intestine and skin.”
According to researchers at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel, there is a ratio of 1.3 bacteria to each human cell.