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CHAPTER 13 Swimming

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Both bacteria and eukaryotic microorganisms form very diverse groups. During their long evolutionary histories, a variety of different mechanisms of locomotion have developed. Many of these mechanisms provide for movement across surfaces. Here we are interested in organisms that swim through open water apart from any surface. In this situation, physical constraints are well defined and we can understand some of the  Read more...
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ISBN: 9780674031166 9780674261679
Publication:Dusenbery, David B.; Living at Micro Scale : The Unexpected Physics of Being Small; 198; Cambridge, Massachusetts; London, England : Harvard University Press, 2011
Language Note: English
Unique Identifier: 9062009243
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Both bacteria and eukaryotic microorganisms form very diverse groups. During their long evolutionary histories, a variety of different mechanisms of locomotion have developed. Many of these mechanisms provide for movement across surfaces. Here we are interested in organisms that swim through open water apart from any surface. In this situation, physical constraints are well defined and we can understand some of the evolutionary pressures that have shaped the characteristics of these life forms. Free-swimming organisms are also the most studied and best understood. Although van Leeuwenhoek reported as early as 1674 that many microorganisms could swim, it took several centuries

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