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Art of Science Gallery 03

Go with the flow

Canon EOS 5D Mark II Digital SLR Camera

Image provided by Jose Solbiati, John Gerlt Lab, Enzyme Function Initiative 

Research funded by National Institutes of Health

Some types of bacteria exhibit swarming motility: the ability to travel quickly as a group, due to coordinated movement that causes the group to flow across a surface. This movement causes the branching, fractal pattern seen here in round laboratory dishes. Researchers in the Enzyme Function Initiative work to discover the function of unknown proteins; in this case, a protein involved in swarming motility.