The nanoscopic motors that power the movements of bacteria have been imaged in high resolution for the first time, revealing the secrets of how different species of bacterial life aren’t all created equally when it comes to swimming ability.
While scientists knew that certain bacteria were superior to others in terms of their propulsion mechanisms, until now it wasn’t clear what gave some species their advantage. But by getting up closer than ever to the lifeforms, researchers in the UK have been able to analyse the different kinds of motors that spin their flagella – the slender protein tails that propel many kinds of bacteria
This is our closest look ever at the biological motors that power bacteria
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