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Bacterial infection makes farmers out of amoebae

Bacterial infection makes farmers out of amoebae

In a twist on an already surprising symbiosis, scientists at Washington University in St. Louis have discovered that infection with an inedible bacteria transforms social amoebae from nonfarmers into primitive farmers who carry with them edible bacteria. Credit: E. Magdalena L. In 2011 the Queller-Strassmann lab, then at Rice University, made a startling announcement in […]