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09/09/09
Careers in Chemistry. Future Trends 18. Quorum Sensing in Bacteria
Filed under: Position Searching, Post-docs
Posted by: site admin @ 5:39 pm

I just couldn’t resist cutting out the
WSJ article
by Guatam Naik about
chemically controlled social

communication in bacteria.  I came
away just needing
to find the original
publications and presentations of
Prof.
Bonnie Bassler of Princeton.


See
  -
a video (from the WSJ)
  - a presentation on the topic (by B. Bassler)

As the article points out Bassler and co-workers
document a chemical interference
specific mechanism where a designed
chemical interferes with the
bacteria
quorum sensing mechanism.  This reduces
the impact of bacterial infections and
could provide cures to some diseases.
This
complex system behavior opens up new
mechanisms for chemicals to interact with
organisms and environmental systems.

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