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Pioneer bacteria lay down trails that draw new recruits

Bacteria may draw other bacteria to a site of infection by laying down trails of a “molecular glue” that lead free-swimming individuals to come together and organize into colonies.

In the study, researchers were looking at how a species of bacteria called Pseudomonas aeruginosa attach and move about on surfaces. P. aeruginosa is a common cause of serious, often difficult-to-treat infections.

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