Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Hear No Evil, Do No Evil - The Next Antibiotic

Bonnie Bassler and her team at Princeton explore how bacteria talk to produce complex behaviors in a phenomena known as quorum sensing. Instead of trying to kill bad bacteria with antibiotics, which has the inadvertent consequence of selecting mutant survivors, Dr. Bassler suggests that by just preventing bacteria from communicating, we can stop virulent bacteria in its tracks. Watch the video of her presentation from TED:


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