Arming the Neighborhood.

Research paper by Sanna S Koskiniemi, Johan J Elf

Indexed on: 12 Oct '16Published on: 12 Oct '16Published in: Developmental Cell


Bacteria use type 6 secretion systems in antagonistic behavior to compete for resources with other bacteria. In a recent issue of Cell, Vettiger and Basler (2016) show that bacteria can also use these systems to arm neighboring cells and force them to pass on a signal in the bacterial population.