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Bacteria and the power of teamwork

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How do simple bugs thrive? It's all about quorum-sensing. Tess Shellard, in her winning essay for the Wellcome Trust Science Writing Prize, explains.

Imagine for a moment that we all have one firework and our sole purpose is simply to light it. With just one trick to last a lifetime, how would you use it? Setting it off randomly would achieve very little; few would even see it. But if you took a lesson from bacteria you would gather together to light them all at once, and illuminate the whole sky.

 

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Bassler Wins Lounsbery Award

The National Academy of Sciences announced that Bonnie L. Bassler is the recipient of the Richard Lounsbery Award. Bassler is being honored for her pioneering discoveries of the universal use of chemical communication among bacteria and the elucidation of structural and regulatory mechanisms controlling bacterial assemblies.

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Bassler earns Wiley Prize in Biomedical Sciences

Bonnie Bassler, the Squibb Professor in Molecular Biology at Princeton, will receive the eighth annual Wiley Prize in Biomedical Sciences.

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Bonnie Bassler Recognized for Outstanding Teaching

Bonnie Bassler, the Squibb Professor in Molecular Biology, receives President's Awards for Distinguished Teaching at Commencement ceremonies.

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Molecular Biology Student Fellowship Awards 2008

We are pleased to announce that the following students in the Molecular Biology Department were awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowships for 2008 in the areas of Neuroscience, Computational Biology, Genomics and Microbiology: Jessica Landis (2nd year, Murphy lab), Alejandro Ochoa (2nd year; Singh lab), Marshall Reaves (1st year), John Rickgauer (2nd year; Tank lab), Eric Suh (1st year), and Charles Warden (1st year). The National Science Foundation received over 8,000 applications for the NSF 2008 Graduate Research Fellowship. The applications were reviewed based on their intellectual merit and broader impact. The 913 most promising graduate students in sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics were awarded this highly competitive fellowship.

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