Thursday, December 29, 2011

Protein Discovered That Helps Bacteria Communicate

This article discusses a study that has found a protein that's involved in communication between bacteria that infect rice. Not only does this protein signal the bacteria to form into a biofilm and activate hundreds of genes which changes them from "benign" to "fierce invaders," but the immune systems of some rice are able to detect the protein as an antigen. Not only will this information help to protect rice, but it can be used to help protect us as well.

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