Tag: pili

Bacteria Use Limbs to Slingshot Themselves Across a Surface

By Veronique Greenwood | July 19, 2011 2:16 pm

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Kaaa-pwing!

What’s the News: Bacteria are known for sprouting spindly limbs and pulling themselves along surfaces like miniature octopi. But a new study shows that by tacking down one limb, pulling it till it’s taut, and then letting go, bacteria can also use the limbs to slingshot themselves around.

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