C. diff Bacteria (image) Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan Share Print E-Mail Caption This image made by the research team shows Clostridium difficile bacteria cells in the process of forming hard-shelled spores. Such spores allow the organism to lurk in hospital and nursing home rooms and awaken only once they are in the small intestine of their next victim. The small bright particles are spores, while the long dark rod-shapes are C. diff bacteria cells Credit University of Michigan - Hanna Laboratory Usage Restrictions Credit University of Michigan Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.