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Under the electron microscope you keep at home next to your MP3 player you look at a single bacterium living in your mouth. You see a single polar flagellum stretching off from one end looking very much like a tail. A characteristic of this organism should be?


* A. An ability to stay in one place for a very long time
* B. An ability to move in the direction opposite the flagellum
* C. An ability to avoid ingestion by PMNs
* D. An ability to induce a large antibody response

Correct Answer: B

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