For years I just sort of assumed that cells were self-reproducing blobs of protein. Maybe you did too. Turns out they’re way smarter than that. You will be amazed at this video. Dr. Bonnie Bassler from Princeton University presents a beautiful TED talk on how bacteria communicate with each other by forming words out of simple molecules.
She also explains…
- How bacteria strategize together on how to ‘take down’ their host
- Elegant systems of bioluminescence
- Symbiotic relationships between organisms
- Cells speak multiple languages
Enjoy this remarkable presentation. And a sincere thanks to Patrik Beno for sharing it with me.
Further Reading: Nature Magazine on the sophisticated community behavior of Myxobacteria