Hear From Bonnie Bassler

  • By Susan K. Lewis
  • Posted 01.01.07
  • NOVA scienceNOW

Princeton's Bonnie Bassler thinks about bacteria much differently than most of us. Listen in as she describes how humans have evolved to live with these microbes, how some bacteria "talk" before making us sick, and how controlling their conversations might lead to new drugs.

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The microbiologist and mother of quorum sensing talks about bacteria, good and bad.


Original interview produced by
Carla Denly


(Bonnie Bassler and V. harveyi [audio highlights image])
Courtesy Princeton University / Denise Applewhite
(lab worker and V. harveyi)
Courtesy Princeton University / Denise Applewhite
(Bassler and student)
Courtesy Princeton University / Denise Applewhite
(Bonnie Bassler)
Courtesy American Society for Microbiology
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(dividing bacterium)
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(Gorgonzola cheese)
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