TED: Bonnie Bassler: The secret, social lives of bacteria
AMAZING! Did you know that bacteria “talk” to each other via hormones… And they don’t take over your body until they reach a large enough community. Then they communicate intraspecies (its personal language), count the # of bacteria – and if the community is large enough, they launch their attack.
Bacterial Esperanto – They also communicate (and county with other bacteria in your body.
Bacteria are now the new “organ” – as you are 99% bacteria…
A new solution for people who are resistant to antibiotics – is to create “anti-quorum sensing” molecules to block the virulent bacteria.