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In near-zero gravity bacteria form clumps with increased communication to deal with antibiotics

Discussion in 'Science & Technology' started by Hrothbern, Sep 13, 2017.

  1. Hrothbern

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    The research goal was: a better understanding how bacteria resist antibiotics on earth
    The location: space station ISS because it was known that somehow bacteria are more resistant there.
    (also bad news for astronauts)

    The findings: Bacteria become shape shifters :crazyeye:
    "What's new is that we conducted a systematic analysis of the changing physical appearance of the bacteria during the experiments."

    more here: http://news.sky.com/story/shape-shifting-bacteria-spotted-on-international-space-station-11033655

    and more detailed: http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fmicb.2017.01598/full

    As side note:
    The origin of live is fascinating, but the evolutionary transition from mono-cellular to multi-cellular as well.
    We as multicellular have as embryo this stadium of being a clump of semi simular cells, and they communicate.

    But apparently single bacteria cells can do it as well in an effective fashion.

     

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