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Liam McGuffin
Associate Professor in Bioinformatics
Associate Professor in Bioinformatics
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Scientists have found how simple bacteria can restart their 'outboard motor' by hotwiring their own genes.
Unable to move and facing starvation, the bacteria evolve a replacement flagellum – a rotating tail-like structure which acts like an outboard motor – by patching together a new genetic switch with borrowed parts.

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Weekend evolution: 3D model of 'hotwired' molecule: http://youtu.be/vQkEB9G64_o

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Press release for our article in Science magazine - Weekend evolution: bacteria hotwire their genes to fix a faulty motor
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