Rocky Mountain Laboratories, NIAID, NIH

Why Even Microbes Commit Suicide

A study on suicidal E. coli sheds light on why organisms throughout the animal kingdom sometimes decide to do themselves in.

March 19, 2013
7:00 PM EDT
A 250-fold magnification of two E. coli colonies. The phage could eat holes into the colony of a susceptible strain (left bottom), whereas colonies of the suicidal strain remain unharmed (upper right). | Rolf Kummerli