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.
- 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.