Did you know that bacteria can “speak” to each other and make decisions as a group? Dr. Bassler explains how bacteria use chemical communication in a process called quorum sensing. By identifying these chemicals, scientists may be able to hamper, or improve, quorum sensing and generate new antibiotic or probiotic therapies.
Bonnie Bassler is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and the Squibb Professor of Molecular Biology at Princeton University. Bassler received a B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of California at Davis, and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry… Continue Reading
Agustina GonzalezGonzalez says
It is embedded in the cell membrane a threshold is increased it can find a blockage in oneself the genes send a signal to produce the light of and all the bacteria turn on a light to the unisomium that only does the simple thing that stays there it makes a consent special. scientists have been a long time to find these communication circuits in all kinds of diverse bacteria so now there are hundreds and hundreds of different species of bacteria that have an enzyme a self adjusting and then a partner bacteria they together make a circuit that they want I expressed when they are in communication a name for that process they called it a quorum declaring the chemical vote of the bacteria but I feel they have learned that each species of bacteria generally has hundreds of hundreds of behaviors that they want to carry out as a group that does the behavior.