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Sometimes Even Bacteria Get the Blues

Everyone needs a little bit of "me time" now and again, but too much solitude can make us lonely and irritable and put us in a not-quite-right state of mind. According to recent medical research reported by Discovery News, similar stir-craziness has been observed in bacteria that are sequestered away from others of their kind.

Only recently have we even had the ability to construct holding cells small enough to put a single bacterium into the clink for a spell of solitary confinement.

And now that we are able to do just that, bacteria that are held in confinement by themselves have shown some remarkable, strange and uncharacteristic behavior.
 
 

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