Dormant microbes: scouting ahead or plodding along?

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SIR — In his Essay ‘Microbial awakenings’ (Nature 457, 1083; 2009), Slava Epstein proposes that microbial cells stochastically revert from a state of dormancy to a growing state, allowing a clonal population of dormant cells to exploit rare and transient conditions in an environment with unpredictable periods of feast and famine. This ‘scout’ strategy is… (More)
DOI: 10.1038/458831a

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