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Mark O. Martin

Also, Dr. Yarmolinsky's story reminds me of Archimedes' Screw:


Then, for some reason (I'm writing and trying to be thoughtful as I do so), I am reminded of a couple of truly remarkable articles about flagellar rotation and signal transduction:




Aaaaaannnddd...for a more recent review of this kind of work:


Short version: things that restrict free rotation of the polar flagellum create a signal that alters gene expression. V. parahaemolyticus, in fact, measures viscosity directly by this mechanism, and thus can use that information to alter gene regulation on surfaces!

Beauty in small things....

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