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Life on Earth probably began about 3.8 billion years ago when the first single-cell organisms appeared in the warm ocean waters. Since then, bacteria have been busy colonizing Earth, shaping its biosphere, and adapting to survive in the ever- changing environment.

Today we recognize 3 broad categories of bacteria based on the shape of the organism:



The frequency of pathogens identified from over 3.2 million isolates, collected from over 300 clinical microbiology laboratories across the United States between 1998 to March 2005, was recently reported from The Surveillance Network-US (TSN) database.
Source: Styers D et al, Ann Clin Microbiol Antimicrobials 2006; 5:2
Available from BioMed Central at http://www.ann-clinmicrob.com/content/5/1/2








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