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By Manipulating Oxygen, Scientists Coax Bacteria Into Never-Before-Seen Solitary Wave

Properly deprived of oxygen, scientists have induced bacteria into forming a soliton, a wave of moving bacteria that behave like a particle.

Bacteria know that they are too small to make an impact individually. So they wait, they multiply, and then they engage in behaviors that are only successful when all cells participate in unison. There are hundreds of behaviors that bacteria carry out in such communities. Now researchers at Rockefeller University have discovered one that has never been observed or described before in a living system.
 
 

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