Bacteria Communicate Using a Chemical Language

Posted on April 10, 2009  Comments (2)

Each person has about 1 trillion human cells and about 10 trillion bacterial cells. In the webcast Bonnie Bassler, Department of Molecular Biology at Princeton University, discusses the chemical language that lets bacteria coordinate defense and mount attacks (quorum sensing). The find has stunning implications for medicine, industry — and our understanding of ourselves.

Bacteria do all sorts of amazing things for us: educating your immune system to keep bad microbes out, they digest our food, they make our vitamins…

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2 Responses to “Bacteria Communicate Using a Chemical Language”

  1. Curious Cat Science and Engineering Blog » Disrupting Bacterial Communication to Thwart Them
    November 29th, 2009 @ 9:26 pm

    “Bassler and her colleagues disrupted these lines of communication by interfering with molecules called acyl-homoserine lactone (AHL) autoinducers, which drive quorum sensing among a kind of bacteria known as Gram-negative bacteria…”

  2. Hannah
    March 24th, 2011 @ 11:51 am

    1.) It’s important because it lets us know how bacteria works, and that it’s both bad and good.
    2.) The most interesting to me was when it was talking about the Squid.
    3.) I’ll like to know more about the globel bacteria

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