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Probable Meets Possible: Learning to speak microbe

November 18, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Microbes exist in communities just like us and, just like us, they communicate. As scientists come to better understand how they communicate, they are identifying ways to alter that communication to create alternatives to antibiotics, prevent corrosion and much more. Join the Bell Museum and the College for Biological Sciences for a wide-ranging conversation with Mikael Elias and Will Harcombe, moderated by Holly Menninger, about the ability of microbes to communicate, the effects of communication on their environment and human health, and recent and future advances in the understanding of the numerous microbial languages.

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  • Holly Menninger, Bell Museum, moderator
  • Mikael Elias, Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics, BioTechnology Institute UMN
  • Will Harcombe, Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior


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