Motility is the ability to move spontaneously from one location to another by consuming energy. In biology, the term usually refers to single-celled and simple multicellular organisms, and encompasses swimming, crawling, gliding and swarming motion.


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    Plasmodium sporozoites can move in rotating vortices owing to their chiral shape and mechanical flexibility, revealing important physical aspects of collective motion.

    • Iva M. Tolić
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    • Kirsty Y. Wan
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