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Bacterial Communication

Artiga, Marc (2021) Bacterial Communication. [Preprint]

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Recent research on bacteria and other microorganisms has provided interesting insights into the nature of life, cooperation, evolution, individuality or species. In this paper, I focus on the capacity of bacteria to produce molecules that are usually classified as 'signals' and I defend two claims. First, I argue that certain interactions between bacteria should actually qualify as genuine forms of communication. Second, I use this case study to revise our general theories of signaling. Among other things, I argue that a plausible requirement for a state to qualify as a signal is that it is a minimal cause.

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Item Type: Preprint
Artiga, Marcmarc.artiga@uv.es0000-0003-1247-2809
Keywords: bacteria; communication; signaling; function; microbiology;
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology
Depositing User: Dr Marc Artiga
Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2021 02:56
Last Modified: 28 Jul 2021 02:56
Item ID: 19375
Journal or Publication Title: Biology & Philosophy
Publisher: Springer
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1007/s10539-021-09814-1
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology
Date: 2021
ISSN: 1572-8404

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