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MICROBIAL BIOPHYSICS

A living liquid crystal dissected

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.

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Fig. 1: Identifying a cell–cell interaction potential for 3D biofilms.

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Garcia-Ojalvo, J. A living liquid crystal dissected. Nat. Phys. 15, 207–208 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41567-018-0373-8

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