An Up-Close View of Bacterial «Motors»



Now@Caltech • By  Jessica Stoller-Conrad March 17, 2016

Bacteria are the most abundant form of life on Earth, and they are capable of living in diverse habitats ranging from the surface of rocks to the insides of our intestines. Over millennia, these adaptable little organisms have evolved a variety of specialized mechanisms to move themselves through their particular environments. In two recent Caltech studies, researchers used a state-of-the-art imaging technique to capture, for the first time, three-dimensional views of this tiny complicated machinery in bacteria. 

How bacteria make a grappling hook for propulsion


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⇐ cover image: Credit Everett Kane-Attachment to the article Some Bacteria Attack Using Spring-loaded Poison Daggers