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The weird world of photographing viruses and bacteria

What does the COVID-19 virus look like?

With its omnipresence in the news, you were probably able to picture it pretty easily. But have you ever wondered how what you’re envisioning was actually captured by a camera?

Viruses are so small that photographing them is actually less straightforward than you might imagine, and the colors we associate with them are, it turns out, merely artistic interpretation.

Read on for an interesting look at the process of bringing images of some of the most dangerous viruses and bacteria to the public eye.

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