Science and the Sacred

Science and the Sacred


The Beauty of Bacteria

The complexity of life extends even to the smallest of creatures, including bacteria.  In this TED lecture Bonnie Bassler, a molecular biologist from Princeton, discusses her discovery of quorum sensing — the chemical mechanism by which all bacteria are able to communicate with both among their own species and outside of it.  Through this system, genetically “simple” bacteria can organize complex group behaviors.  These findings have already begun to have a massive impact on the field of antibiotics and our understanding of evolution.

The discovery of this communication system once again reinforces the beauty and order of the creation while still providing a scientific understanding of it.  After all, why would God choose to work outside physical laws when those laws are so elegantly defined?



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Charles Cosimano

posted May 16, 2009 at 2:48 pm


I suppose a book on “The Joy of Cholera” will be next.



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Beaglelady

posted May 16, 2009 at 10:07 pm


That was a fascinating talk, and Bonnie Bassler is an extremely gifted speaker.



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K.

posted May 18, 2009 at 7:10 am


Excellent! I’ll try to be nicer to the universe in me from now on…who knows, may be one day my cells, my bacteria and my conciousness cna engage in a mutually beneficial converation ;-)



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