Wednesday, January 20, 2010


Engineering cellular synchrony

"Scientists have engineered bacteria that can communicate with each other in a synchronized manner, lighting up in waves of fluorescent green [...] The engineered cells also offer a new model system for studying emergent systems, or how complex properties -- such as synchronized oscillation -- arise from simpler starting materials -- a two genes network." Full article @ The Scientist.

A supernova burst in a colony of coupled genetic clocks after critical cell density.
Image: Tal Danino, Octavio Mondragon-Palamino, Lev Tsimring

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