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Bacterial Social Network

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Published on Jul 24, 2013

An extensive network of cell-to-cell connections (shown in red) is seen in this 3-D rendering of M. xanthus in a biofilm, which is imaged by focused ion beam scanning electron microscopy (credit: Auer lab). Berkeley Lab scientists found that the common soil bacterium stays connected by a network of chain-like membranes. They believe the bacterium uses its network to coordinate social activities—such as evading bacterial enemies and snaring prey—without revealing its location. More information: http://newscenter.lbl.gov/feature-sto...

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