Editor's note: This story was originally published Nov. 19, prior to being rebroadcast on WBUR's Here and Now.
When you think of bacteria, you might think about a bunch of mindless, single-celled bugs blindly roaming the world in complete ignorance. But over the past few decades, scientists have found bacteria are much more complicated than that.
Now, a group of scientists at the University of Texas at Austin has come up with a new way of studying how bacteria interact with the world – and each other.
You see, scientists have a couple of problems when it comes to studying bacteria.