Mycobacterium = Procaryote
kellogg at raven.csrv.uidaho.edu
Wed Apr 12 22:27:18 EST 1995
Mycobacterium is as the name denotes, a bacterium. Although the
combining form 'myco' does mean fungus, M. tuberculosis has nothing to
do with fungi except perhaps for the bacterial colony. Some of the
bacteria that are in the mycobacterial order are filamentous but they are
all procaryotes and thus have nothing to do with fungi. Mycobacteria
have waxy coats and thus do not stain like 'true' or eubacteria and
require a special staining procedure (acid-fasting staining). See any
microbiology textbook for more information.
Scott T. Kellogg, Dept. of Microbiol., Mol. Biol. & Biochem.
Univ. of Idaho, Moscow, ID 83844-3052 Internet: kellogg at uidaho.edu
Phone: 208-885-6966 Fax: 208-885-6518
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