This is a picture of a bacterial community, taken by Eshel Ben-Jacob, who thinks bacteria are both the key to understanding complex biological systems and a source of incredible art. These bacteria, discovered by Ben-Jacob's research team, self-organize into intricate and beautiful systems.
Bacteria are generally pictures swimming around by themselves, but they're not as solitary as they're made out to be. Many are quorum-sensing, meaning that when they detect a certain amount of them are present, they can build up into astounding complex communities.
Bacterial communities swarm into gorgeous works of art
Art and Science of Laboratory Medicine
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