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'Social' bacteria that work together to hunt for food and survive under harsh conditions

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Mycococcus xanthus

Myxococcus xanthus is a predatory bacterium that exhibits various collective behaviors throughout its life cycle. At left, M. xanthus cells self-organize into traveling waves when preying upon E. coli. At right, in areas without prey, M. xanthus bacteria stream together by the thousands to form haystack-shaped, spore-filled aggregates.

Credit: Z. Vaksman, H. Kaplan/UT Medical School at Houston; and O.A. Igoshin/Rice University


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Oleg Igoshin

Oleg Igoshin is an assistant professor of bioengineering at Rice University.

Credit: Z. Vaksman, H. Kaplan/UT Medical School at Houston and O.A. Igoshin/Rice University


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