Web Date: August 10, 2015
Engineering A New Chemical Communication System Into Bacteria
Many species of bacteria use quorum sensing, a type of chemical communications system, to direct behaviors—such as virulence, biofilm formation, and motility—on the basis of population density. Now, for the first time, researchers have engineered a synthetic quorum-sensing system in gram-positive bacteria, which could reduce the cost of producing proteins in these organisms (ACS Synth. Biol. 2015, DOI: 10.1021/acssynbio.5b00099).
Bacteria naturally use quorum sensing . . .
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