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M. xanthus Waves (1 of 2)

Caption: Myxococcus xanthus is a predatory bacterium that exhibits various collective behaviors throughout its lifecycle. At left, M. xanthus cells self-organize into traveling waves when preying upon E. coli. At right, in areas without prey, M. xanthus self-organizes into haystack-shaped spore-filled structures.

Credit: Z. Vaksman, H. Kaplan/UT Medical School at Houston

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