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Team Finds a Better Way to Watch Bacteria Swim

October 5, 2009

professor Yann Chemla and researchers Researchers have developed a new method for studying bacterial swimming, one that allows them to trap Escherichia coli bacteria and modify the microbes' environment without hindering the way they move. The new approach, described this month in Nature Methods, uses optical traps, microfluidic chambers and fluorescence to get an improved picture of how E. coli get around. Full Story

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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