Malaria Infected Human Red Blood Cell : 2008

Photograph by

Steve Morton FRPS

About this image

Atomic force microscope (AFM) image of the surface of a human red blood cell from a patient who has been infected with the malaria parasite (Plasmodium sp.). The parasite first infects the liver, then reproduces forming merozoites that infect red blood cells. Inside each cell, a single merozoite can multiply to form 8-24 clones before the cell bursts and the infective merozoites are released into the blood stream. This image was created from surface height data gathered by the AFM, then processed through a 3D visualisation package. School of Physics, Monash University, Victoria, Australia