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Bonnie Bassler on bacterial communication.

Posted in Science by jukeboxparables on April 12, 2009

I bet you didn’t know bacteria communicate? Check out this rather inspired talk by Princeton molecular biologist Bonnie Bassler about her lab’s recent discoveries on bacterial communication.

“The discovery shows how cell populations use chemical powwows to stage attacks, evade immune systems and forge slimy defenses called biofilms. For that, she’s won a MacArthur “genius” grant — and is giving new hope to frustrated pharmacos seeking new weapons against drug-resistant superbugs.”

The talk is from the 2009 TED conference. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from those three worlds. Since then its scope has become ever broader.

Basically TED currently hosts a collection of Inspired leaders in various fields of Design, Tech, Science, Entertainment (including Music) and Global Issues. Check out other such talks over at their website. TED

I’ll probably be linking a few of their more interesting videos soon.

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