Published in TB and Outbreaks Week, June 18th, 2002
It is well-documented that bacteria can exchange messages by releasing substances into a surrounding liquid culture medium, but this new study is the first to report signaling between physically separated bacterial cells.
Professor Alan Parsons and Dr. Richard Heal of QinetiQ, Ltd., claim to have shown that physically separated colonies of bacteria can transmit signals conferring resistance to commonly used antibiotics.
The discovery is thought to have direct...
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