Howard Berg wearing glasses, looking at the camera with his lab in the background
Biophysicist Howard Berg Dies at 87
His research uncovered secrets of motility in E. coli.
Biophysicist Howard Berg Dies at 87
Biophysicist Howard Berg Dies at 87

His research uncovered secrets of motility in E. coli.

His research uncovered secrets of motility in E. coli.


microscope image of methaotrophs with black specks
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