Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Bacteria Make Mexican Waves

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By synchronizing our clocks, we can coordinate our activities with people around the world. Now, scientists have genetically engineered bacteria to synchronize their molecular timekeepers, creating the stunning fluorescent waves that you see in this video (this video shows new research published today in NATURE).


Read the original research here: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nature08753 [free PDF].

Comments

  1. #1 ceece
    January 22, 2010

    Very cool. I’m off to read the paper to learn more about the operons they constructed.

    But, I’m not sure why it’s called a ‘Mexican’ wave, any ideas?

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