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Premature Assault?

By Jef Akst | February 9, 2016

Plants may trick bacteria into attacking before the microbial population reaches a critical size, allowing the plants to successfully defend the weak invasion.

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Quorum-Sensing Molecule Modifies Gut Microbiota

By Anna Azvolinsky | March 19, 2015

Increasing the abundance of a chemical some microbes use to communicate with one another can help reinstate beneficial bacterial populations in the guts of antibiotic-treated mice. 

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Bioluminescence Researcher Dies

By Jef Akst | August 12, 2014

Harvard biochemist J. Woodland Hastings, who first theorized about quorum sensing in the late 1960s, succumbed to pulmonary fibrosis last week at age 87.

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Hear Ye, Hear Ye

By Sarah C.P. Williams | May 1, 2014

Tools for tracking quorum-sensing signals in bacterial colonies

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Your Brain on Art

By Mary Beth Aberlin | May 1, 2014

A new scientific discipline investigates the neurology underlying the experience and the creation of beauty.

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