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Quorum sensing and the confusion about diffusion.

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Two hypotheses, termed quorum sensing (QS) and diffusion sensing (DS), have been suggested as competing explanations for why bacterial cells use the local concentration of small molecules to regulate numerous extracellular behaviours. Here, we show that: (i) although there are important differences between QS and DS, they are not diametrically opposed; (ii) empirical attempts to distinguish between QS and DS are misguided and will lead to confusion; (iii) the fundamental distinction is not be...

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10.1016/j.tim.2012.09.004

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MPLS
Department:
Zoology
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Author
Journal:
Trends in microbiology More from this journal
Volume:
20
Issue:
12
Pages:
586-594
Publication date:
2012-12-01
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EISSN:
1878-4380
ISSN:
0966-842X
Language:
English
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pubs:356265
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uuid:633e7040-39ab-4164-9579-fffaf0a2ace1
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pubs:356265
Source identifiers:
356265
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2013-11-16

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