December 20, 2012

Can Bacteria and Viruses Get Sick?

Matt Soniak, Mental Floss

AP Photo

Tis the season to be getting the cold and flu. But is it possible for the bacteria and viruses that infect us so easily to get sick themselves?

In 1917, a microbiologist working at the Pasteur Institute in Paris discovered what he described as an invisible, antagonistic microbe that had a parasitic relationship with bacteria.

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TAGGED: Disease, Bacteria, Virus, Virophage, Bacteriophage


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