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Cover MIC March 2018

Microbial Cell – March 2018

This light microscope image shows the porous silica surface of a living diatom cell from the organism Coscinodiscus wailesii. Diatoms are unicellular, photosynthetic phytoplankton whose bodies are made up of silica. The diatom cell is covered in hexagonal-shaped pores, about 1 µm in diameter (image by Debra K. Gale, Oregon State University, USA); image modified by MIC. The cover is published under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license.