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Myxococcus xanthus fruiting bodies 2

Myxococcus xanthus fruiting bodies

Image courtesy of Juergen Berger and Supriya Kadam

Myxococcus xanthus is capable of arguably the most sophisticated form of development among bacteria. When stressed, cells collaborate to create "fruiting bodies" (yellow). Rather than the product of a single, genetically identical colony of cells, the fruiting bodies are often composed of distinct cell lines. This proto-social behavior is controlled by an sRNA molecule the scientists have named Pxr.2010Image courtesy of Gregory VelicerMyxococcus xanthus fruiting bodies

Created: 2010

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