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Deciphering Bacterial Doomsday Decisions


November 26, 2012

a population of starving bacterial cells Like a homeowner prepping for a hurricane, the bacterium Bacillus subtilis uses a long checklist to prepare for survival in hard times. Scientists at Rice University and the University of Houston have discovered that B. subtilis begins survival preparations well in advance of making the ultimate decision of whether to "hunker down" and form a spore. The research is available online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Full Story

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