The newest member of my family.
This is Ernie Coli a.k.a. E. Coli a.k.a Escherichia coli.
This cute little thing was identified by a pediatrician named Theodor von Escherich, in 1885, which he called Bacterium coli commune. It was later named Escherichia coli.
It’s a rod shaped bacterium that likes to live with all its gazillion cousins in the gut. They like it there, its dark, moist, and warm. The gut likes them there too, because E. Coli is a beneficial microorganisms.
Some E. coli are harmful, but I am pretty sure Ernie is not one of them. He doesn’t look harmful, does he?
The long stringy things hanging down are the flagella that propel him around at top speed. I am having a hard time keeping up with Ernie. He is way too fast for me. Right now he is sitting by the computer watching me. I think Ernie will be my computer companion for a good while.
Thank you, Jared, for your thoughtful gift. I love it!