Bacteria and their hosts may reside in different kingdoms, but that doesn't stop them from intercepting each other's communications. Asher Mullard reports.
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Asher Mullard is a freelance science writer based in London.
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Mullard, A. Microbiology: Tinker, bacteria, eukaryote, spy. Nature 459, 159–161 (2009). https://doi.org/10.1038/459159a
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