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To beat toxic bacteria, break up their party


Bacteria communicate to decide when they have enough density to produce toxins together effectively—a finding that could help beat infections.

For a pathogen, this system makes sense, says University of Nottingham researcher Stephen Diggle. He asks, “Why produce toxins when there are not many cells around? Why not wait until a large number are present and coordinate production of toxin on mass which helps to overwhelm a host?”

Full story at Futurity.

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