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Serratia marcescens: A Tale of Bleeding Statues, Cursed Polenta, Insect Liquefaction, and Contact Lens Cases

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The many colors of Serratia marcescens. Image courtesy Dr. Robert Shanks, the University of Pittsburgh.

Over on the news side today is an article I put together for Scientific American Online on some mysterious, ubiquitous, and sometimes-deadly red bacteria that are probably at this moment living in your shower grout and contact lens case. Plus, when slime molds eat them, their plasmodia turn red like flamingoes eating shrimp turn pink. How cool is that! Check it out!

Jennifer Frazer About the Author: Jennifer Frazer is a AAAS Science Journalism Award-winning science writer. She has degrees in biology, plant pathology/mycology, and science writing, and has spent many happy hours studying life in situ.
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