In the Oct. 28 SN: Real-life vampires, the ultimate flu shot, no rings for Pluto, tsunami debris stowaways, jellyfish flouts sleep stereotypes, honey carries pesticides, teen concussion stats, a shape-shifting robot and more.
SHAPE SHIFTER Candida tropicalis usually grows as a harmless roundish budding yeast (green), but in the presence of two bacteria it stretches into long filaments (brown) that may provoke inflammation in intestines.
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“My motivating questions are about understanding the physical challenges bacterial cells face,” says Kerwyn Casey Huang.
“Toxoplasma is a pretty incredible bug,” says Lena Pernas. But studying the parasite requires gloves, lab coats and goggles. “I wanted hazmat suits.”