ABOUT THIS IMAGE
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)