And the bacteria gets organized….
Here is a thought provoking article from Scientific American. If you don’t have a subscription you’ll only be able to read the teaser. Seems to me there is a Sci-Fi story in here somewhere. Why can’t an advanced alien get our bacteria organized and maybe even unionized then they’ll put them to work overthrowing the human race.
The article talks about new methods to fight evolutionary pressure within bacteria. A problem we’re all facing is bacteria’s evolution makes it immune to our drugs. New ways to fight this need to be found. One of the bacteria’s vulnerability is how it lives within a community and actually communicates and they help each other.
Forget the army of nano bots, we have to worry about the army of bacteria that talk to each other; scary stuff.
Through biology the bacteria communicates with each other and they work together to improve their environment and as they work together that cooperation helps them build immunity to our drugs. So, the scientists are finding ways to mess up their communication so their evolutionary growth won’t let them build immunity.
Ray Jay Perreault