Published today in Nature, one of the weirdest organelles ever found in a cell: The type VI secretion system. It looks like a retractable spear. I kid you not – a spear. With a poisoned tip, to literally stab and kill other cells.
Here’s my article covering the research. Why don’t you take a STAB at it? Yeah. Scientific writing is all about the puns.
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Cool, ‘Grats on the article. My departmental colleague, Arne Reitsch, works on the T3SS – and he calls it a “molecular syringe.”
Holy wow Batman! It really does look like a spear! Science is awesome!