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Stories by Richard Losick

Why and How Bacteria Communicate

Bacteria converse with one another and with plants and animals by emitting and reacting to chemical signals. The need to "talk" may help explain why the microbes synthesize a vast array of compounds

February 1, 1997 — Richard Losick and Dale Kaiser

The Receptor Site for a Bacterial Virus

A virus infects a bacterium by attaching itself to a specific site on the bacterium's surface. The chemistry of such a site is studied by seeing how it changes after dormant infection by the same virus

November 1, 1969 — Phillips W. Robbins and Richard Losick