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Supernova bacteria

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Bacteria engineered to act as genetic clocks flash in synchrony. Here, a "supernova" burst in a colony of coupled genetic clocks just after reaching critical cell density. Superimposed: A diagram from the notebook of Christiaan Huygens, who first characterized synchronized oscillators in the 17th century.

Credit: Jeff Hasty, UCSD (NIGMS Image Library)
 
 

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