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2015-03-15 14:54:18

The Romans probably employed a legion of designers and planners at the time but, if we take the findings of some new research at face value, a passable job of transport network design could be done by a big dollop of slime mold. Disgusting.

Model Organisms Gone Wild
2013-09-13 14:08:40

Amoebas that are placid, model organisms in the lab, farm bacteria and carry guards to protect their crops in the wild

Tiny Single-celled Organisms Have Amazingly Complicated Social Lives
2013-07-30 09:06:00

In 2011, Nature announced that scientists had discovered a single-celled organism that is a primitive farmer. The organism, a social amoeba called Dictyostelium discoideum, picks up edible bacteria, carries them to new locations and harvests them like crops.

Slime Mold Gets Upper Hand By Cheating
2013-01-09 13:38:37

A 'cheater' mutation (chtB) in Dictyostelium discoideum, a free living slime mold able to co-operate as social organism when food is scarce, allows the cheater strain to exploit its social partner

Brainless Slime Mold Smarter Than You Think
2012-10-09 13:30:28

Nothing sounds dumber than “Slime Mold.” This might even be one of the more demeaning insult in sophomoric lexicon, as nothing sounds worse.

Image 1 - Close Family Ties Keep Microbial Cheaters In Check
2011-12-17 04:14:20

Any multicellular animal, from a blue whale to a human being, poses a special challenge for evolution. Most of the cells in its body will die without reproducing; only a privileged few will pass their genes to the next generation.

2011-12-15 17:10:50

Any multicellular animal, from a blue whale to a human being, poses a special difficulty for the theory of evolution.

2011-06-24 12:08:30

The ability to identify self and non-self enables cells in more sophisticated animals to ward off invading infections, but it is critical to even simpler organisms such as the social amoebae Dictyostelium discoideum.

2011-06-23 22:54:06

The ability to identify self and non-self enables cells in more sophisticated animals to ward off invading infections, but it is critical to even simpler organisms such as the social amoebae Dictyostelium discoideum.

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2011-03-14 07:26:18

Cells at the tip of the slime mold's fruiting body organize into an epithelial layer and secrete proteins as do some animals cells.


Word of the Day
cowpooling
  • The practice of two or more parties jointly purchasing all or part of a butchered cow and dividing the meat between them.
The word 'cowpooling' was formed on the model of 'carpooling'.