This episode: Some bacteria produce DNA-targeting toxins, which provokes a similar retaliation from other strains. Sometimes this hurts the provoker, but sometimes it is very helpful to them!
Thanks to Dr. Despoina Mavridou for her contribution!
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Microbe of the episode: Siegesbeckia yellow vein betasatellite
Microbe of the episode: Mycobacterium virus Athena
Gonzalez D, Sabnis A, Foster KR, Mavridou DAI. 2018. Costs and benefits of provocation in bacterial warfare. Proc Natl Acad Sci 115:7593–7598.
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