[Bacteria] have an incredibly complicated chemical lexicon that … allows bacteria to be multicellular. In the spirit of TED they’re doing things together because it makes a difference.

Bonnie Bassler

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“How Bacteria ‘Talk.'” TED2009. Feb. 2009. Conference Presentation.

Source: "How Bacteria 'Talk.'" TED2009. Feb. 2009. Conference Presentation. Additional Information: This quote is from molecular biologist Bonnie Bassler's 2009 TED Talk about how bacteria interact with each other. In this quote, Bassler is explaining that bacteria use a complex system of communication, which allows these single-celled organisms to behave as a multi-cellular unit. Bassler goes on to explain that bacteria have collective behaviors, allowing them to carry out tasks that they could never accomplish if they simply acted as individuals. Watch the full TED Talk here: Bonnie Bassler - How Bacteria "Talk"