Staphylococcus Aureus
  Created by Peter Acquafredda

 Background on Staphylococcus aureus
      Staphylococcus aureus is a species of bacteria in the genus, Staphylococcus.  Although there are over 20 species of Staphylococcus, Staphylococcus aureus is important because it interacts with the human body and is the major cause of staph infections in humans. The bacteria were first discovered in 1880 in Scotland by a surgeon named Sir Alexander Ogston in a patient’s pus that resulted from an infection after surgery.  In 1884, Rosenbach named the species, Staphylococcus aureus, which translates from Latin to “the golden cluster seed,” since it is yellow in color and exists in grapelike clusters when viewed under a microscope.