Scientists create living Pac-Man maze with microorganisms

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Scientists create living Pac-Man maze with microorganisms

Scientists in Norway have created a living version of the '80s video game "Pac-Man" with microorganisms.

The replica of the video game involves multicellular rotifers chasing single-celled euglena.

The maze made of nutrient fluid looks nearly identical to the one in the game but smaller.

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The diameter of the maze is less than 1 millimeter and fits in a petri dish.

The University College of Southeast Norway made the simulation to study the dynamics between predator and prey microorganisms.

It turns out the organisms acting as the predatory Pac-Man were very cautious when they were placed in the maze.

However, they moved faster as the day went by, suggesting chemical traces they leave behind make it easier to find their way.

Scientists evoked "Pac-Man" to better communicate their work with the public.

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