Tuesday, September 25, 2012

E.Coli Replicating Near Thermodynamic Limits

Here's a fascinating Nature article translating a wonkish MIT paper on how E.coli are hyper efficient at replication.  And that their doubling time of 20 minutes is near the thermodynamic limit.

In all, it's an indecipherable 3-page thought experiment applying equations derived from cited sources, which - no doubt - apply equations derived from further sources.

With regard to cell culture, we already know that the 20-minute doubling time of microbes is the rule and that strange strange contaminants like Leptospira are the exception. 

No comments: