This episode: Separate groups of bacteria can each thrive better when they take turns growing instead of competing!
Thanks to Jintao Liu and Rosa Martinez-Corral for their contributions to this episode!
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Microbe of the episode: Palyam virus
Liu J, Martinez-Corral R, Prindle A, Lee DD, Larkin J, Gabalda-Sagarra M, Garcia-Ojalvo J, Süel GM. 2017. Coupling between distant biofilms and emergence of nutrient time-sharing. Science 356:638–642.
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