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Experiments with mutant bacteria lead to the tiny recreation of Van Gogh's Starry Night.

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Image credit: Rice University Scientists have figured out how to turn millions of predatory bacteria into spirals that look like Vincent Van Gogh's The Starry Night . Myxococcus Xanthus is a species of myxobacteria that is capable of exhibiting different forms of self-organizing behaviour according to its environment and has been investigated as a model for social cooperation and bacterial gene regulation over the years. Bacteria are usually known to be selfish but M. Xanthus is different as it needs to find and recognize kin to survive. Researchers uncovered a previously unknown activity while analyzing M. Xanthus mutants that overexpress two proteins that cells employ to distinguish near relatives: self-organization into millimetre-sized circles. Oleg Igoshin , a professor of bioengineering at Rice University and senior scientist at Rice’s Center for Theoretical Biological Physics stated "When you overexpress that protein, you can see these circular aggregates emerge after f

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