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Access to the article is free, however registration and sign-in are required. When faced with declining nutrients, many bacteria enter sporulation so that their spores can be distributed to other areas that may be nutrient-rich. In their Perspective, Engelberg-Kulka and Hazan discuss a fascinating new study (GonzÃ¡lez-Pastor et al.) revealing that in Bacillus subtilis a subpopulation of bacterial cells avoid sporulation by inducing some of their comrades to die and then feeding on the released nutrients.
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