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Sarcocystis in pig muscle
Sarcocysts within pig skeletal muscle. Note the readily visible striated border.

Sarcocystis is a genus of protozoa. Species in this genus can live in reptiles, birds, mammals, and sometimes pigs. The name came from the Greek language, sarx, which meant flesh, and kystis, which meant bladder. The organism was first found by Miescher in 1843, in a mouse.

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