Can dead bacterial cells be defined and are genes expressed after cell death?

@article{Trevors2012CanDB,
  title={Can dead bacterial cells be defined and are genes expressed after cell death?},
  author={J. T. Trevors},
  journal={Journal of microbiological methods},
  year={2012},
  volume={90 1},
  pages={25-8}
}
There is a paucity of knowledge on gene expression in dead bacterial cells. Why would this knowledge be useful? The cells are dead. However, the time duration of gene expression following cell death is often unknown, and possibly in the order of minutes. In addition, it is a challenge to determine if bacterial cells are dead, or viable but non-culturable… CONTINUE READING

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