Friday, July 23, 2010

Bonnie Bassler - The Bacterial Wiretap

MTS53 - Bonnie Bassler - The Bacterial Wiretap: In this podcast I talk to Bonnie Bassler, a professor at Princeton and the president-elect of the American Society for Microbiology. Bassler studies the conversations that bacteria have, using chemicals instead of words. Her research is not only helping to reveal how bacteria work together to make us sick, but also how we might interrupt their dialogue in order to cure infections.
I'm trying to catch up with a huge podcast backlog from when I was traveling in Europe, this discussion of biochemical communication and quorum sensing in bacteria is the coolest stuff I've heard in a while. The following open access paper has some of the technical details, it looks very juicy.

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