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Bacteria do ‘the wave’ to gobble up prey

One of the world’s smallest predators, Myxococcus Xanthus, engulfs and devours other bacteria by traveling in a wave, and scientists have figured out how.

The study, featured on the cover of this month’s online issue of the journal PLOS Computational Biology, shows how the simple motions of individual bacteria are amplified within colonies of M. xanthus to form millions-strong waves moving outward in unison.

The findings answer longstanding questions about how the waves form and the competitive edge they provide M. xanthus.
 
 

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