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Bacteria use Batman-like grappling hooks to ‘slingshot’ on surfaces, study shows

Researchers have diagnosed a complex sequence of movements that make-up the “twitching” motility in bacteria with type IV pili (TFP). TFP act like Batman’s grappling hooks that extend and bind to a surface to retract and pull the cell along. Using a high-speed camera and a novel two-point tracking algorithm, researchers also noticed the bacteria had the additional capability to “slingshot” on surfaces.

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