This image, captured by Fernan Federici of Cambridge University, shows B. subtilis bacteria organizing themselves into distinct patterns on a Petri dish.
Fernan Federici, Tim Rudge, P.J. Steiner and Jim Haseloff
The colors in this image identify distinct lineages of Bacillus subtilis bacteria initially mixed randomly on a Petri dish. As the bacteria grow, they organize themselves into distinct and reproducible communities illustrated by the colors shown here. Researchers took this image as part of a project designing artificial genetic circuits in bacterial colonies and plant tissues.
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