Bacterial ‘syringe’ necessary for marine animal development

Bacterial biofilms serve a vital purpose, flagging suitable homes for some marine organisms and actually aiding the transformation of larvae to adults. A new study at the California Institute of Technology is the first to describe a mechanism for this phenomenon, providing one explanation for the relationship between bacterial biofilms and the metamorphosis of marine invertebrates. This information could provide key insights for the prevention of biofouling organism growth on the hulls of ships.

Fuente : http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-01/cio…


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