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Cell Host Microbe. 2019 Feb 13;25(2):179-181. doi: 10.1016/j.chom.2019.01.016.

Crowd Controlled-Host Quorum Sensing Drives Phage Decision.

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1
Focal Area of Infection Biology, Biozentrum, University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland. Electronic address: alexander.harms@unibas.ch.
2
Focal Area of Infection Biology, Biozentrum, University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland. Electronic address: mederic.diard@unibas.ch.

Abstract

In the January issue of Cell, Silpe and Bassler (2019) characterize a phage that looks beyond the boundaries of infected host cells by directly wiretapping their intercellular communication. This information influences the phage's decision of when to kill the host, likely in order to optimize the ecological prospects of phage progeny.

PMID:
30763531
DOI:
10.1016/j.chom.2019.01.016

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