Microbes are More Social Than You Think, But Not Always in a Good Way

Microorganisms may seem like simple beings, miniscule entities floating through a flash-in-the-pan existence. And yet, despite their diminutive size and limited genomes, microbes live remarkably social lives, by turns shunning, attacking, embracing, and ignoring their neighbors. In a recent article in Nature Reviews Microbiology, Carey Nadell, Knut Drescher, and Kevin Foster highlight these interactions, focusing on the fraught dynamics of biofilms.

Biofilms are dense, coherent communitie

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