Sunday, September 17, 2006

Science Sunday Bonus

A Biologist's Listening Guide to Bacteria (with audio interview):
September 12, 2006 ยท Every young scientist dreams of doing an experiment that changes the world. A remarkable biologist at Princeton University has done just that. Bonnie Bassler's discovery about how bacteria talk to one another has led to a whole new field of research -- and maybe someday drugs that would be effective against all bacteria...
Related: 'Conversation stoppers' fight deadly bacterial infections:
In an effort to stop the spread of deadly bacterial infections, researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have designed a group of potent compounds that can block the chemical signals that bacteria use to communicate. The compounds, which they call "conversation stoppers," also show promise for reducing the potential for antibiotic resistance, they say. Their study will be presented Sept. 10 in San Francisco at the national meeting of the American Chemical Society.



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