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A Biologist’s Listening Guide to Bacteria

Fascinating story on how bacteria communicate with each other such as Chlorea that only produces toxins when in groups. Maybe it works for people too….

NPR : A Biologist’s Listening Guide to Bacteria: “‘So they turn on and off 100 different genes, to let them turn off behaviors that are good when you’re alone and turn on genes that are good when you are a community. And for reasons we don’t understand, the gene that lets them make this beautiful blue light is one of the genes they turn on,’ Bassler says.”