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Electron Micrograph of bacteriophage T4
T4 is the type phage of the T4-like phage group (including the other the
T-even phages T2 and T6, and others). The phage is
characterized by an elongated head (85 x 115 nm, T = 13) with whiskers at the neck,
and a contractile tail with lots of
personality, including an elaborate base plate with spikes as well as the prominent
long tail fibers.
Its known hosts includeE. coli.
The electron micrograph shown at left is by
Bob Duda (University of Pittsburgh).