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Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology

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Beauty in strife
Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Image provided by Courtney Cox, Doug Mitchell Lab

Research funded by the Packard Foundation

Single-celled organisms are in constant competition with their fellow microbes, conducting chemical warfare on a scale too small for see with the naked eye. When a petri dish of archaea and the chemicals they produced were allowed to dry and crystallize, however, they produced the dramatic and intricate pattern seen here.