Squidly Bob Haiku

Squidly Haiku
Squidly Bob Haiku (h/t to Euprymna scolopes)

(h/t to Vibrio fischeri, who isn’t scary; alas, I know but diddly-squat about them.)

What I find fascinating is the chemical conversations our own multilingual bacteria have.   Since the number of bacteria cells in our bodies outnumber the human cells by 10 to 1, it’s a boon that they can use their ‘esperanto’ to tell each other things. Here is an interesting talk I came across:  How Bacteria Communicate -TED; “You think of yourselves as human beings, but I think of you as 99 percent bacterial.” Bonnie Bassler)

Update: Here is another interesting article on this symbiosis:

Divining the Essence of Symbiosis: Insights from the Squid-Vibrio model, by Margaret McFall-Ngai, published Feb 4, 2014; PLoS Biol 12(2): e1001783. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.1001783

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