Dr. Marvin Whiteley talks about how and why bacteria talk to each other (quorum sensing), whether lab conditions can help us understand what a pathogen does inside a host, and how a polymicrobial “love story” in the mouth leads to dental problems.

Published in microTalk

How bacteria can communicate based on cell density, a phenomenon he helped name quorum sensing.

Thursday, 04 January 2018 18:12

The lesser of two weevils - TWiM 168

The nasal microbiota of dairy farmers, and attenuation of bacterial virulence by quorum sensing in the maize weevil.

Published in TWiM
Thursday, 16 November 2017 13:41

Indiana Quorum - TWiM 164

From Indiana University, Vincent speaks with Ankur, Julia, and Xindan about their careers and their work on horizontal gene transfer, quorum sensing, and chromosome organization in bacteria.

Published in TWiM

Bacteria that produce antibiotic molecule can also use it for communication between cells!

Published in Bacteriofiles

Filament-forming organisms help bacteria swim through soil and exchange genes with each other! Also, new feature: microbe of the episode!

Published in Bacteriofiles
Thursday, 23 February 2017 13:27

Viral arbitrium - TWiM 146

Vincent, Elio and Michael discuss the finding of a prion in bacteria, and how communication between bacteria guides the decision between lysis and lysogeny.

Published in TWiM

Bonnie Bassler studies the conversations that bacteria have, using chemicals instead of words, Her research is not only helping to reveal how bacteria work together to make us sick, but also how we might interrupt their dialogue in order to cure infections.