Spatiotemporal microbial evolution on antibiotic landscapes

M. Baym, T. Lieberman, E. Kelsic, R.P. Chait, R. Gross, I. Yelin, R. Kishony, Science 353 (2016) 1147–1151.


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A key aspect of bacterial survival is the ability to evolve while migrating across spatially varying environmental challenges. Laboratory experiments, however, often study evolution in well-mixed systems. Here, we introduce an experimental device, the microbial evolution and growth arena (MEGA)-plate, in which bacteria spread and evolved on a large antibiotic landscape (120 × 60 centimeters) that allowed visual observation of mutation and selection in a migrating bacterial front.While resistance increased consistently, multiple coexisting lineages diversified both phenotypically and genotypically. Analyzing mutants at and behind the propagating front,we found that evolution is not always led by the most resistant mutants; highly resistant mutants may be trapped behindmore sensitive lineages.TheMEGA-plate provides a versatile platformfor studying microbial adaption and directly visualizing evolutionary dynamics.
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2016-09-09
Journal Title
Science
Volume
353
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6304
Page
1147 - 1151
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Baym M, Lieberman T, Kelsic E, et al. Spatiotemporal microbial evolution on antibiotic landscapes. Science. 2016;353(6304):1147-1151. doi:10.1126/science.aag0822
Baym, M., Lieberman, T., Kelsic, E., Chait, R. P., Gross, R., Yelin, I., & Kishony, R. (2016). Spatiotemporal microbial evolution on antibiotic landscapes. Science, 353(6304), 1147–1151. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.aag0822
Baym, Michael, Tami Lieberman, Eric Kelsic, Remy P Chait, Rotem Gross, Idan Yelin, and Roy Kishony. “Spatiotemporal Microbial Evolution on Antibiotic Landscapes.” Science 353, no. 6304 (2016): 1147–51. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.aag0822.
M. Baym et al., “Spatiotemporal microbial evolution on antibiotic landscapes,” Science, vol. 353, no. 6304, pp. 1147–1151, 2016.
Baym M, Lieberman T, Kelsic E, Chait RP, Gross R, Yelin I, Kishony R. 2016. Spatiotemporal microbial evolution on antibiotic landscapes. Science. 353(6304), 1147–1151.
Baym, Michael, et al. “Spatiotemporal Microbial Evolution on Antibiotic Landscapes.” Science, vol. 353, no. 6304, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2016, pp. 1147–51, doi:10.1126/science.aag0822.

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