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Press Release 11-011

Like Humans, Amoebae Pack a Lunch Before They Travel

Amoebae increase survival odds through rudimentary form of agriculture; finding has implications for human diseases

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Photo of fruiting bodies discovered in amoebae collected in Virginia and Minnesota.

"Fruiting bodies" discovered in amoebae collected in Virginia and Minnesota.

Credit: Scott Solomon


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Photo of a petri plate containing bacteria harvested from amoebae.

Petri plate containing bacteria harvested from amoebae.

Credit: Scott Solomon


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Photo of fruiting bodies in amoebae.

An alternate view of amoebae fruiting bodies, with spores and bacteria.

Credit: Owen Gilbert


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Photo of scientist Deborah Brock peering down a microscope.

Scientist Deborah Brock at the microscope, peering at amoebae.

Credit: Scott Solomon


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Photo of leaves covering soil containing amoebae at the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center.

Soil containing amoebae at the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center.

Credit: Joan Strassmann


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Photo of petri dishes containing bacteria harvested from amoebae.

Bacteria harvested from the amoebae are shown in Petri dishes.

Credit: Scott Solomon


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