Not all bacterial cells replicate themselves only by one and the same process – the usual ‘cell division’ into two cells of equal size. Some, by contrast, can do so also by means of a process called ‘sporulation’, in which the cell divides into ‘mother’ and ‘daughter’ cells, with the former containing and nourishing the latter until it’s ready to be released into the world. Jonathan speaks with the Slovak Academy of Science’s Imrich Barák – a molecular biologist and finalist for the 2021 ESET Science Award – about his research into this fascinating process of bacterial reproduction.
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