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Acinetobacter baumanni, a pathogenic bacterium that is a poster child of deadly hospital acquired infections, is one tough customer.
Bacteria are among the simplest organisms in nature, but many of them can still talk to each other, using a chemical "language" that is critical to the process of infection.
By ELIE DOLGIN When bacteria start talking, bad things happen. Many bacteria release chemical signals in search of their "friends." When chemical levels remain low, the bacteria don't make much mischief.
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