December 20, 2012

Can Bacteria and Viruses Get Sick?

Matt Soniak, Mental Floss


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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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