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How Slime Mold Gets Organized
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How Slime Mold Gets Organized

May 1, 2012
When food is scarce, the separate cells of a slime mold--a unicellular organism--aggregate and form what is called a fruiting body. Cells at the tip of the fruiting body organize into a formation very similar to the epithelial layer of cells found in many organs of higher animals. National Science Foundation-supported researchers found that the proteins responsible for organizing cells at the tip of the slime mold's fruiting body are genetically very similar to those that perform the same function in animal cells.