How to swim through goo: lessons from a microbial menagerie

“Swimming at the low Reynolds numbers experienced by bacteria would be like humans swimming through molas­ses. … But motile microbes are unhampered. The fastest bacterium … moves at … a showstopping sixty body lengths per second that puts Phelps to shame (Fig. 1). The ways in which microbes have adapted to life at low Reynolds number are fascinating.” learn more

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