Bacteria produce and excrete toxic compounds classically categorized as waste products or chemical weapons. New work indicates a role for phenazines and SoxR, a transcription factor known for its role in defense against oxidative stress, in coordinating bacterial community growth.
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Demple, B. Community organizers and (bio)filmmaking. Nat Chem Biol 4, 653–654 (2008). https://doi.org/10.1038/nchembio1108-653