Lecture, Central London, Wednesday, 8 Feb 2023 - 18:00
Microbes hold astonishing speed records: the remarkable Thiovulum majus races along at 60 body lengths per second – the equivalent of Usain Bolt completing the 100m sprint in just over 0.8 seconds. Viruses such as SARS-CoV-2 replicate so rapidly that a single infection can produce 100 bn virus particles within a couple of days. And some bacteria lie dormant for millions of years.
This lecture looks at the biology behind these record-breakers, and what they can teach us about creating new materials.
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