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Filaments leached from skin pores & lesions

Bright blue, red, transparent, black and jade filaments - these are the defining, identifying element of morgellons disease.

Multiple forensic tests (FTIR, mass-spec) at multiple locations have confirmed that the Morgellons filaments are not yet identifiable as a known compound. The filaments are a fairly pure organic compound containing: carbon (single & double bonds), hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen, at least one methyl group, maybe a sulfur group and a few unclear FTIR peaks (Wymore, 2009).

Some filament samples are flattened, ribbon-like, others are embedded or attached to larger debris.

x400. Width of filaments average between 15-35 microns and vary in lengths. Many are just visible to the naked eye and are air-bourne with ease. x1000. Filaments are quite heat resistant and not dissolvable in lab-type solvents or detergents. The red & blue colors of the analyzed filaments are neither commercial dyes nor pigments (Wymore, 2010). x600. Transparent filaments are generally shed from skin pores at a greater rate than other colours. They are readily air-bourne and may cause skin irritation.
The blue and transparent filaments have auto-fluorescing properties, according to microbiologist Jenny Haverty (2004), Dr Kilani (2007) and Robert Smith (2006). x400. Red and black filaments leached from scalp. x400. Blue and jade filaments leaching out of skin. Jade is the least common colour.
x300. Sufferers report leaching black specs or mites from their skin. Under the microscope, these are often filament bundles. x300. Filament bundle leached from skin pore using warm saline solution. x300. Translucent filament bundle.
x200. Branching filament from skin lesion. Possibly insect extending spiracles and respiratory tract. x400. Some filaments have small branching filaments at right angles. DNA analysis does not indicate fungal origin (Wymore, 2010). x1000. Sample from skin lesion. Possibly an adult insect's salivary gland.
x1000. Possiblly adult insect organs, including adult trachea (pink). Sample length 1mm. Extraction from jawline pimple with dimethyl sulfoxide. Sample length 2mm. Leached from skin nodule using grapefruit extract. Note parallel trachea-like filaments.
x600. Black filaments are often found at one end of a larva-like sample. Sometimes appearing as 'C' shapes. Sample length 1.5mm. Leached from forearm. Readily oxidised via application of H202. x600. Facial sample with refracting or florescing granules on surface.
Sample length 800 microns. Leached from facial skin pore with neem oil. Sample length 1mm. Leached from skin pore with isoprol mystrate. x200. Sample leached from intact skin with warm saline solution. Note blue filament. Click here for insect related micrographs.