Sunday, January 20, 2019 by: Frances Bloomfield Tags: bacteria, biology, cellular biology, Chemistry, goodmedicine, goodscience, Medicine, new therapies, physiology, real science, research, weird science (Natural News) Scientists have long known that bacteria can fight other bacteria by producing their own version of antibiotics. The researchers behind a recent study have uncovered another bacterial survival tactic. By generating toxic proteins, certain bacteria become capable of communicating with one another, essentially allowing them to form their own social networks. This remarkable discovery was opened up by researchers from the Argonne National Laboratory. According to Science Daily, the team found this out after they had obtained molecular protein structures from the NC101 strain of the Escherichia coli (E. coli) bacteria. The protein structures were identified as being from a three-part system that consisted of a contact-dependent growth inhibition (CDI) toxin, its elongation factor, and its immunity protein. Finding the immunity protein led the researchers to believe that this system’s purpose is two-fold. First is competition, and second is communication or signaling. Through this, the bacterial cells could interact with each other, or possibly kill or even control other pathogens. (Related: Even bacteria use weapons of self-defense: Tiny daggers slice amoeba when they try to… Read full this story
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