Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering Vol. 98, No. 3 (September 2004) Cover

Transmission- (left) and scanning-electron-microscopy (right) photographs showing the penetration of chrysolite fibers into Escherichia coli cells under the sliding friction force. By using the fibers coated with DNAs, bacterial cells are expected to be efficiently transformed.

Related article: Yoshida, N. and Saeki, Y., "Chrysotile fibers penetrate Escherichia coli cell membrane and cause cell bursting by sliding friction force on agar plates", J. Biosci. Bioeng., vol. 97, 162-168 (2004).