Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Bacterial Jiggle: Curious Motions of Syphilis and Lyme Disease (video)


The bacteria that cause syphilis and Lyme Disease have something extraordinary in common: they manage to propel themselves through their environment in spite of the fact their tails are located inside their bodies.

Jennifer Frazer has written an interesting article on the curious motions of specific bacteria for Scientific American.

The bacteria that cause syphilis and Lyme Disease have something extraordinary in common: they manage to propel themselves through their environment in spite of the fact their tails are located inside their bodies.



For bacteria, they're also unusually shaped and active. In this movie, you can see the bacteria that cause Lyme Disease moving like living, squirming cavatappi.

To read the article in full, see Scientific American.



Posted by Dr. Tim Sandle

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