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Malaria parasites just before release from an infected human red blood cell.

This image shows Plasmodium falciparum parasites, the causative agent of the most severe form of human malaria, inside a red blood cell. Newly divided daughter parasites are dark blue and the red blood cell is the transparent blue shroud surrounding the cells. This image is a 3D rendering of data produced by volume electron microscopy.

Image Credit: R Rudlaff (Boston Children's Hospital/Harvard Medical School), S Kraemer (Harvard Center for Nanoscale Systems), J Marshman (Zeiss Microscopy), and J Dvorin (Boston Children's Hospital/Harvard Medical School)