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Iowa State University Veterinarian

Article Title

Common Swine Mycoplasmas

Collection

Iowa State University Veterinarian Records, RS 22/6/0/9, University Archives, Special Collections Department, Iowa State University, http://www.add.lib.iastate.edu/spcl/arch/rgrp/22-6-0-9.html

Call Number

SF601 V65

Document Type

Article

Abstract

Mycoplasmas are the smallest organisms (200-300nm) that are capable of growth in cell free medium. They are different from bacteria in that they have no cell walls but are bounded by a unite membrane. The typical mycoplasma colony on solid growth medium has the appearance of a "fried egg." Most mycoplasmas require sterol for growth. Nonsterol requiring mycoplasmas are placed into the genus Acholeplasma.

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