Interfering with communication among bacteria can prevent them from mounting a unified assault on their host.
Researchers have shown that bacterial communication can be intercepted and chemically manipulated to control group behavior, such as virulence or the production of a useful products.
Researchers have deciphered the molecular language that cholera bacteria use to coordinate their infectivity. By interrupting the bacterium's chemical conversation, researchers may be able to stop cholera virulence.
Bacteria of different species share a common language, which some species can manipulate to confuse other bacteria.