Nature Reviews Microbiology - a new Research Highlight

Nature Reviews Microbiology Research Highlight - Electrifying long-range signalling

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Nature Reviews Microbiology just published a new Research Highlight ( on a recent Nature paper which identified a physiological role for bacterial ion channels; it shows that they can propagate electrical signals throughout biofilms in a long-range process that coordinates the metabolic responses of the microbial community.

The Nature paper is entitled Ion channels enable electrical communication in bacterial communities and can be found at

Magdalena Skipper

Editor in Chief, Nature, Nature Research, Springer Nature

I am a geneticist by training. Having done research using classical genetics and molecular biology in a variety of model organisms I left the bench to become an editor, first for Nature Reviews Genetics and then Nature. I have worked with the research community as an editor, in a variety of roles, for over 17 years