News & Views | Published:


A living liquid crystal dissected

Nature Physicsvolume 15pages207208 (2019) | Download Citation

A large-scale imaging study has tracked thousands of bacteria living in three-dimensional biofilms. This technical tour de force reveals the importance of mechanical interactions between cells for building local and global structure.

Access optionsAccess options

Rent or Buy article

Get time limited or full article access on ReadCube.


All prices are NET prices.


  1. 1.

    Wong, G. C. L. Proc. Natl Acad. Sci. USA 113, 3711–3713 (2016).

  2. 2.

    Hartmann, R. et al. Nat. Phys. (2018).

  3. 3.

    Gelbart, W. M. J. Phys. Chem. 86, 4298–4307 (1982).

  4. 4.

    Volfson, D., Cookson, S., Hasty, J. & Tsimring, L. S. Proc. Natl Acad. Sci. USA 105, 15346–15351 (2008).

  5. 5.

    Drescher, K. et al. Proc. Natl Acad. Sci. USA 113, E2066–E2072 (2016).

  6. 6.

    Liu, J. et al. Nature 523, 550–554 (2015).

  7. 7.

    Asally, M. et al. Proc. Natl Acad. Sci. USA 109, 18891–18896 (2012).

  8. 8.

    Wilking, J. N. et al. Proc. Natl Acad. Sci. USA 110, 848–852 (2013).

Download references

Author information


  1. Department of Experimental and Health Sciences, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain

    • Jordi Garcia-Ojalvo


  1. Search for Jordi Garcia-Ojalvo in:

Corresponding author

Correspondence to Jordi Garcia-Ojalvo.

About this article

Publication history



Newsletter Get the most important science stories of the day, free in your inbox. Sign up for Nature Briefing