A description of the patterns of sporulation in chains of cells has been obtained by fitting a statistical model to data obtained from a resuspended culture. The underlying assumptions of this model are: () resuspension causes an immediate response in the growing bacteria which is necessary for subsequent sporulation; () the probability of this response occurring is the same for all the bacteria present at the time of resuspension; () after resuspension some of the bacteria pass through a single round of cell division to produce a pair of sporulating bacteria, while the rest divide twice to produce four; and () the two sub-populations described in () differ in their ability to complete sporulation.


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