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Dancing Magnetotactic Bacteria

Magnetotactic bacteria linedancing on music through the use of a superimposed magnetic field 

Tijmen Hageman from Korean Institute of Science and Technology Europe (KIST) in collaboration with theUniversity of Twente won the 2014 Dolomite and Lab on a Chip Video Competition in MicroTAS 2014.  He received his award and a $2,500 gift certificate to spend on equipment from microfluidics innovator Dolomite for his short film entitled Magnetotactic bacteria, which brought a humorous approach to the science behind the control of magnetically-active bacteria using an external magnetic field. The winning entry providing a playful demonstration of how, by changing the direction of the field, magnetotactic bacteria can be taught to ‘line dance’ within the channels of a microchip. 

 

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