Bacteria Produce Aphrodisiac That Sets Off Protozoan Mating Swarm

Researchers seeking the evolutionary roots of the animal kingdom have discovered a bacterium, Vibrio fischeri, that acts as an aphrodisiac on a species of protozoan choanoflagellates, the closest living relatives of animals, by releasing an enzyme that sends Salpinogoeca rosetta, into a full mating frenzy.  … Read more

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A Bacterial Aphrodisiac and Zika’s Cellular Damager are Among Top ASCB 2016 Picks by Public Information Committee

A bacterial aphrodisiac, tissue origami, amyloid proteins protecting dormant eggs, and exactly how the Zika virus damages cells—these discoveries are among the ten top research abstracts selected by ASCB’s Public Information Committee (PIC) for its Honor list of “novel & newsworthy” science being presented December  … Read more

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