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Mechanical crack propagation drives millisecond daughter cell separation in Staphylococcus aureus

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Science  01 May 2015:
Vol. 348, Issue 6234, pp. 574-578
DOI: 10.1126/science.aaa1511

Pop goes the coccus

Daughter cell separation in Staphylococcus aureus proceeds much like the cracking of an egg. So say Zhou et al., who examined dividing cells with millisecond precision using high-speed videomicroscopy. Rather than proceeding gradually, tiny imperfections in the mother cell wall were seen to crack open, leaving two daughter cells linked by a hinge.

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