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Bacterial Exchange/Cell, Jan. 12, 2017 (Vol. 168, Issues 1+2)
Bacteria can exchange their membrane proteins through extracellular vesicles. Sigal Ben-Yehuda and her group from Jerusalem University show that phages take advantage of this exchange and infect resistant bacteria that are cocultured with sensitive bacteria. This could represents a new route of information transfer. Check out the paper at: http://www.cell.com/cell/fulltext/S0092-8674(16)31677-4. E. Tzipilevich, M. Habusha, and S. Ben-Yehuda (2017). Acquisition of Phage Sensitivity by Bacteria through Exchange of Phage Receptors. Cell 168. And read more great research at http://www.cell.com/cell/home.
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