Here’s a neat TED talk about quorum sensing. It gives some insight into the basic processes and complex relationships all those good and bad bacteria form with the creatures they support as they fight it out for our life and health.
Bonnie Bassler discovered that bacteria “talk” to each other, using a chemical language that lets them coordinate defense and mount attacks. The find has stunning implications for medicine, industry — and our understanding of ourselves.
The implications of this research are profound. Wonder why CCD might be so hard to define. Or why virulent bee diseases disappear for awhile and then ravage the bees later. It might be more than just bee genetics and susceptibility. Or why the loss of probiotic critters can be so devastating?
This talk should give everyone something to think about.