Arch Virol (2017) 162:1465–1466 DOI 10.1007/s00705-017-3362-9 EDITORIAL Phage particles do not communicate with each other or make decisions to either lyse or lysogenize their host cells M. H. V. Van Regenmortel Received: 7 April 2017 / Accepted: 7 April 2017 / Published online: 3 May 2017 Springer-Verlag Wien 2017 In a recent paper published in Nature, the sensational claim want to continue to exist in the future. Such metaphors was made that phage particles of the SPbeta group are able certainly do not give us a meaningful scientiﬁc under- to communicate with each other by allegedly producing an standing of viral properties and activities. hexapeptide that is released in the culture medium . The original aim of the Erez et al. study  was to Progeny phages were said to be able to measure the con- investigate whether Bacillus subtilis bacteria infected with centration of this peptide and if the concentration was the phi3T phage were able to secrete peptides that would sufﬁciently high, the phages would decide to lysogenize alert other B subtilis cells to the impending likelihood of their bacterial host cells instead of killing them by lysis. It phage infection, which would allow these cells to
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