How Some Gut Microbes Awaken Zombie Viruses in Their Neighbors


Gut bacteria brew all sorts of chemicals, but we don’t know what most of them do. A new study suggests that one such compound, previously linked to cancer, may serve as a bizarre weapon in microbial skirmishes.

Certain gut bacteria produce a molecule, called colibactin, that awakens bacteria-infecting viruses (dark red) lurking within neighboring microbes’…

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