As and SCDer, you are well acquainted with the power of the bacteria in your gut. Maybe you know that bacteria are single celled organisms and perhaps you are aware that bacteria outnumber the cells in your body by a factor of 10 to 1. But do you know how they communicate? Neither did I, but once I watched the TED talk by Bonnie Bassler I was fascinated.
The implications of her lab’s study is both intriguing and potentially far reaching.
If this is the first time you’ve heard of TED, I encourage you to poke around their site and watch their talks as they can be absolutely fascinating, funny and informative.
TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from those three worlds. Since then its scope has become ever broader.