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Circadian rhythms; Escherichia coli


Over three decades ago Rogers and Greenbank (1) published observations on intermittent growth in a bacterial culture. These interesting data are analyzed further in this report by computational procedures ( 2-8) designed for detecting and evaluating the significance of nearly periodic phenomena. By such methods, circadian (about 24-hour) periodicity in a culture of E. coli is unmasked as a significant component of the recorded changes. These results extend the already broad scope of circadian temporal organization in microbiology.

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