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Contact: Diana Lutz
dlutz@wustl.edu
314-935-5272
Washington University in St. Louis

Mean Lean Division Machines

Caption: Vancomycin-resistant enterococcus bacteria dividing. Under nutrient-rich conditions bacteria go into hyper-drive, dividing as often as once every 20 minutes. The discovery of fail-safe points in their cell cycles may provide a way to shut down rampant proliferation.

Credit: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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