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Brain-Eating Amoeba (Naegleria fowleri) Petri Dish

Brain-Eating Amoeba (Naegleria fowleri) Petri Dish under a microscope!

If you swim in fresh water pools, be smart or brain-eating amoeba could go to your head.


*Each Petri Dish includes 3 different mini dolls representing the 3 growth stages of the organism!

FACTS: Brain-eating amoeba, or Naegleria fowleri to its friends, is a fearsome predator that lurks in warm fresh-water lakes, rivers, and springs. It is not technically an amoeba, but in fact can morph like a sci-fi villain into three different body shapes: as an amoeboid trophozoite, it can stalk bacterial prey; if the hunting grounds become unsuitable (due to ionic concentration or pH level), it can rapidly transform into a flagellate, growing little tails to propel itself into a new environment; and, in case of emergencies (such as low food supply, drops in temperatures, poisonous conditions) it can transform itself into a cyst. And wait.

Swimmers who are partial to natural environments must be on their guard against this foul demon. While it’s safe to swallow it whole, if it’s inhaled up the nose, it can travel into the brain and cause the highly fatal primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM). Viciously attacking the nervous system, brain-eating amoebas swill red and white blood cells as they feast on critical body tissues leading to near certain consequences.

Fortunately, reported cases of brain-eating amoeba infections are extremely rare, only a handful each year. And in fact, many people carry anti-bodies against N. fowleri, so non-fatal, unreported infections may not be uncommon. Nevertheless, if you go swimming in the wild, use your head and hold your nose (on wear nose plugs), particularly if you’re bathing in tropical areas or in the warm summer months. You never know what you’ll encounter oozing in the murky depths.

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Brain-Eating Amoeba (Naegleria fowleri) Petri Dish Brain-Eating Amoeba (Naegleria fowleri) Petri Dish GMUS-MM-0098
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Sizes Giantmicrobes are based on actual microbes, cells, organisms and other critters, only 1,000,000 X actual size!
Gigantic 16-24”
XL 15-20”
Original 5-8”
Minis 2” each
Keychain 2 - 3” with clip
Materials Plush from all new materials. Stuffed with polyester fiber fill. Surface washable: sponge with water & soap, air dry.
Packaging Each plush microbe includes a printed card with fun, educational and fascinating facts about the actual microbe or cell.
Safety Every product meets or exceeds U.S. and European standards for safety. For ages 3 and up.

All about Brain-Eating Amoeba (Naegleria fowleri) Petri Dish

FACTS: Brain-eating amoeba, or Naegleria fowleri to its friends, is a fearsome predator that lurks in warm fresh-water lakes, rivers, and springs. It is not technically an amoeba, but in fact can morph like a sci-fi villain into three different body shapes: as an amoeboid trophozoite, it can stalk bacterial prey; if the hunting grounds become unsuitable (due to ionic concentration or pH level), it can rapidly transform into a flagellate, growing little tails to propel itself into a new environment; and, in case of emergencies (such as low food supply, drops in temperatures, poisonous conditions) it can transform itself into a cyst. And wait.

Swimmers who are partial to natural environments must be on their guard against this foul demon. While it’s safe to swallow it whole, if it’s inhaled up the nose, it can travel into the brain and cause the highly fatal primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM). Viciously attacking the nervous system, brain-eating amoebas swill red and white blood cells as they feast on critical body tissues leading to near certain consequences.

Fortunately, reported cases of brain-eating amoeba infections are extremely rare, only a handful each year. And in fact, many people carry anti-bodies against N. fowleri, so non-fatal, unreported infections may not be uncommon. Nevertheless, if you go swimming in the wild, use your head and hold your nose (on wear nose plugs), particularly if you’re bathing in tropical areas or in the warm summer months. You never know what you’ll encounter oozing in the murky depths.

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