Fruiting body formation by Bacillus subtilis.

@article{Branda2001FruitingBF,
  title={Fruiting body formation by Bacillus subtilis.},
  author={Steven S. Branda and Jos{\'e} Eduardo G{\'o}nzalez-Pastor and Sigal Ben-Yehuda and Richard Losick and Roberto Kolter},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={2001},
  volume={98 20},
  pages={
          11621-6
        }
}
Spore formation by the bacterium Bacillus subtilis has long been studied as a model for cellular differentiation, but predominantly as a single cell. When analyzed within the context of highly structured, surface-associated communities (biofilms), spore formation was discovered to have heretofore unsuspected spatial organization. Initially, motile cells differentiated into aligned chains of attached cells that eventually produced aerial structures, or fruiting bodies, that served as… CONTINUE READING

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