The Bacterial Cell Cycle (video) Washington University in St. Louis Loading video... Caption Heidi Arjes of Washington University in St. Louis explains how the failsafes in the bacterial cell cycle work. A bacterium that fails to pass either failsafe enters a zombified state of suspended animation. Credit Heidi Arjes Usage Restrictions please credit Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.