Self-Organization of Bacteria Colonies Sheds Light on the Behavior of Cancer Cells

Natural Sciences

Prof. Eshel Ben Ya’akov (1952-2015)
Tel Aviv University

The researcher discovered principles of communication, control and self-organization in bacteria and showed that similar principles apply in tissue cells. Deciphering bacterial data-processing and decision-making mechanisms led to his groundbreaking research on cancer as a smart cell community, and suggestion to fight it by “cyber-war” tactics of disrupting control and communication.