Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Molecular Biologist Bonnie Bassler

This is so cool. Bonnie Bassler and her team at Princeton have discovered how bacteria communicate with each other.

A most excellent tidbit from the video- humans are, at most, 10% human. The majority of what we are is actually bacteria. That's sure to piss off/ freak out the germophobes. Fun!

7 comments:

d. moll, l.ac. said...

Me and my bacteria think this is cool. There is something here about why it is important to eat foods fermented in the environment of the host (human), but I can't quite verbalize it......

ilex said...

Diana, I know. I have the same thoughts and I want to explore more. I'm definitely looking forward to my microbiology class. I'd like to write a paper on Bassler's work and how it applies to lacto-ferments.

eatclosetohome said...

If bacteria can talk to each other, maybe we can learn to talk to them and ask them not to kill us!

PJ said...

Well, I'm just blown away. And, for now, that's all I have to say.

Rabbits' Guy said...

Some of us must be made up of older and wiser bacteria!!!

Also, seeing as bacteria seem to sort of reproduce so fast, there must be quite a bit of evolution in them during a human's lifetime and so maybe mine are, like, really superior!!!!

PJ said...

I've given this some serious thought and I'm going down this lacto-ferment path. I went to the Coop and bought a few things to get started and I hope to be fermenting food soon.

Kenneth Moore said...

Wicked! I'm seeing her on the 18th here in DC at the museum I volunteer for. Great primer! (Not of the PCR sort, of course.)