Different genetic programmes within identical bacteria under identical conditions: the phenomenon of bistability greatly modifies our view on bacterial populations.

@article{Graumann2006DifferentGP,
  title={Different genetic programmes within identical bacteria under identical conditions: the phenomenon of bistability greatly modifies our view on bacterial populations.},
  author={Peter L. Graumann},
  journal={Molecular microbiology},
  year={2006},
  volume={61 3},
  pages={560-3}
}
Two different behavioural or developmental patters can operate within a single bacterial population in which all of the cells are exposed to the same environmental conditions. Investigations of single cells using green fluorescent protein reveal that a bacterial population can be composed of two distinct fractions in different physiological states, and that cells can even switch between states. Such behaviour, termed 'bistability', can occur even in exponentially growing populations, in which… CONTINUE READING
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