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Myxococcus xanthus bacteria, coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM). M. xanthus is a rod shaped gram-negative bacterium that resides in the soil and feeds on other species of bacteria. It is found as single-species clusters, called swarms, which act as a collective unit and show coordinated movement in response to environmental cues. Magnification: x8330 when printed 10cm wide.
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