Contact: Zach Veilleux
Caption: Above, particles of the virus ΦNM1, applied at varying concentrations, killed cells in the Staphylococcus aureus "lawn," creating clear plaques. Researchers have shown Staph can detect whether a virus, such as ΦNM1, is destructive or potentially helpful.
Credit: Zach Veilleux/Rockefeller University
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