I Hear My Bacteria Talking

By Carl Zimmer | April 8, 2009 10:53 am

In Microcosm, I write about how E. coli communicate with each other (and can eavesdrop on us). Here’s a great talk by Bonnie Bassler from Princeton on her pioneering work on microbial conversations, and why they’re so important to the rest of life on Earth.

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Microcosm: The Book

Comments (6)

  1. NewEnglandBob

    I am halfway through reading “Microcosm: E. coli And The New Science of Life” and I am enjoying it and learning as I read.

    This is a very good book, terrific research. Thanks Carl.

    Bassler’s talk is fascinating. Anti-quorum sensing molecule – not quite a catchy name though. (antiquosmole? and proquosmole?)

  2. Albert Bakker

    This is great stuff. I am going to have to know more about this. So I just ordered the book. If it doesn’t live up to my expectations I’m going to eat it though.

  3. JeffB

    There are some great films made in the 1950s about Myxobacteria and the results of their communication.

  4. Brian Hershey

    Thank you for pointing us to Bassler’s presentation, and to the TED series as a whole. What an incredible collection of speeches and performances! None are over 18 minutes in length, and cover many topics that I’m sure your readers will enjoy. ted.com is now just below The Loom in my favorites list!

  5. Intriguing! Ever since reading the bit about bacteria species hunting E. coli in “The Tangled Bank” my fascination for bacteria was revived. This fascination carries me through “The Machinery of Life” these days. Thanks for embedding this great talk here!

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A blog about life, past and future. Written by DISCOVER contributing editor and columnist Carl Zimmer.

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Carl Zimmer writes about science regularly for The New York Times and magazines such as DISCOVER, which also hosts his blog, The LoomHe is the author of 12 books, the most recent of which is Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed.

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