Bacterial Adaptability

Illustrated Bacteria

Courtesy of Boing Boing, check out these illustrations of bacterial adaptability.

While the colors and shading are artistic additions, the image templates are actual colonies of tens of billions of these microorganisms. The colony structures form as adaptive responses to laboratory-imposed stresses that mimic hostile environments faced in nature. They illustrate the coping strategies that bacteria have learned to employ, strategies that involve cooperation through communication. These selfsame strategies are used by the bacteria in their struggle to defeat our best antibiotics.

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  1. kvond

    Ah. “Dumb” bacteria. Only one step above “dumb” matter.

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