Somatic Lessons from Plants + Animals. 3

when you light up cuz you’re working with the right friends.

“Aliivibrio fischeri is a bioluminescent bacterium that lives as a symbiont in the light-producing organ of squid and certain fish. When freeliving, the bacteria… do not give off light…” However, when working with a friend, “each cell is induced to produce the enzyme luciferase, which is used in the chemical pathway of bioluminescence.”

text – microbiology 11th edition – tortora, funke, case
photo – https://www.researchgate.net/publication/271077580_Determining_Bacterial_Growth_Rates_Using_Flow_Cytometry_An_Educational_Exercise

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