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EMBO Rep. 2001 Sep;2(9):770-4.

A matter of bacterial life and death.

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Monsanto Company, 700 Chesterfield Parkway, Chesterfield, MO 63198, USA. gregg.bogosian@monsanto.com

Abstract

Over 50 years ago, standard microbiological methods were established for determining whether bacterial cells were dead or alive. Recently there has been a flurry of reports suggesting that bacteria may exist in an eclipsed state, escaping detection by standard methods. Whether there really is such a state is of more than academic interest, considering the implications for public health. The ensuing debate has been unusually energetic for the normally cultured community of microbiologists.

PMID:
11559589
PMCID:
PMC1084037
DOI:
10.1093/embo-reports/kve182
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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