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Visualizing viruses attaching to bacteria:

Merry Youle, frequent author on the blog: Small Things Considered, has written a beautiful post about a recent PNAS paper published by Elizabeth Wright's lab at Emory University.

Now that's using your head!

This paper uses novel techniques to look at bacteriophages (viruses that infect bacteria) and focuses on a novel attachment technique.

She shares bacteriophage morphology and attachment from 1972 til now - and ends with a great review of Guerrero-Ferreira's recent publication depicting phage using their head filaments, instead of tail fibers, to attach to the flagella of C. crescentus.

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It's interesting to think about how much technology influences the progress in science. I mean, of course it does, but can you imagine a hundred years ago someone saying, "Hey, what if the tiny living creatures that run our lives use their head-parts instead of their tail-parts to attach to bacteria?"

July 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah Scoles

You made some decent points there...

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