Check out this awesome video of a computer-controlled swarm of magnetic bacteria building a pyramid out of tiny bricks!!!
From IEEE Spectrum, via It Takes 30, the always fascinating blog from Harvard Systems Biology, the department my lab is in!
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That is unbelievable awesome! Thanks for sharing!
These bacterium are, of course, part French, which, besides responding to their electromagnet-wielding masters, might also contribute to the high degree of co-ordinated flagellation.
The thing I found most intriguing was magnetosomes. Do these have properties that make them more versatile than just responding to electromagnetic influences -- and if so, do you try to use any of these in your own work?
I don't know a lot about magnetosomes, but I have a friend who is working on them. I'm hoping to do a little more reading for a post when his paper comes out so stay tuned :)
I've just discovered your blog... Wow, this is utterly amazing! I've never even heard of magnetosomes. Thanks!