Cholerae GIF (IMAGE) Princeton University Caption A computer model the researchers developed helped them understand how the bacteria internally function to grow, adapt and infect. Under a microscope, <i>V. cholerae</i> appear curved and flat. The researchers' modeling program, however, revealed that the bacteria take on a twisting shape similar to an auger that likely help them twist into -- and then escape -- the protective mucus that lines the inside of the gut. Credit (Video by Thomas Bartlett, Department of Molecular Biology) Usage Restrictions None License Licensed content 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.