M. xanthus waves 2 [Predatory bacterial crowdsourcing]

Scientists at Rice and UTHealth identified the mechanism that allows individual M. xanthus bacteria to self-organize by the millions into periodic bands of traveling waves that help the colony spread and stay atop food until it is devoured. CREDIT: Zalman Vaksman and Heidi Kaplan, UT Medical School at Houston.

About Jade Boyd

Jade Boyd is science editor and associate director of news and media relations in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.