Pathways of Discovery

The Microbial World Wide Web

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Science  14 Apr 2000:
Vol. 288, Issue 5464, pp. 291
DOI: 10.1126/science.288.5464.291

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The microbial biosphere can be thought of as a World Wide Web of informational exchange, with DNA serving as the packets of data going every which way. What's more, with an evolutionary pace far swifter than that of their multicellular hosts, microbes are well suited to exploit this information. That has serious implications for the "war on microbes."