Taking out the (life-threatening) garbage: Bacteria eject trash to survive

Scientists have known that bacteria produce small spherical versions of themselves. Lacking basic materials to reproduce or function like normal cells, the natural role of minicells — which protrude like budding balloons off the ends of bacteria — has remained a mystery. Now, researchers have demonstrated for the first time that minicells play a key function in the survival of bacteria. (Mehr in: Cancer News — ScienceDaily)