Bacteria communicate with sudden brainlike bursts of electricity

Bacteria have a public image as isolated cells twiddling about on microscope slides. The more that scientists learn about bacteria, however, the more they see that this hermitlike reputation is deeply misleading, like trying to understand human behavior without referring to cities, laws or speech.

“People were treating bacteria as … solitary organisms that live by themselves,” said Gürol Süel, a biophysicist at the University of California, San Diego.

“In fact, most bacteria in nature appear to reside in very dense communities.”

Source: Bacteria Use Brainlike Bursts of Electricity to Communicate | Quanta Magazine