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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.

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