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Warning: No intro today, I'm about to make one big leap right into the subject. It's about Bacillus subtilis but I will not touch what this multi-talented bacterium is so well known for: bio­film forma­tion , sporulation , motility by swimming , swarming motility , cannibalism , and " natural compe­tence " for DNA uptake (aka transformation). It's about the reaction of B. subtilis to food depriva­tion. And no, not its reaction to starvation you certainly remember from microbiology classes: sporulation (see here in STC). Leendert Hamoen's lab at the Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences (SILS), University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, studied the reaction of B. subtilis to starvation... Full story

22 April