Helical growth of Bacillus subtilis: a new model of cell growth.

@article{Mendelson1976HelicalGO,
  title={Helical growth of Bacillus subtilis: a new model of cell growth.},
  author={Neil H. Mendelson},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={1976},
  volume={73 5},
  pages={
          1740-4
        }
}
A multiple mutant of Bacillus subtilis that grows in an unusual double-helix morphology was studied. Construction of models led to the assumption that cell surface elongation must proceed in a helical path in this mutant. The observation that all newly formed double-helix clones propagated, after spore outgrowth in fluid culture, consisted of closed-circular structures suggested that double-helix structures are tension-registered forms. 

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