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How One Cell Navagates Complex Environments

Tuesday, October 9, 2012   (0 Comments)
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A Slime mold memory:It knows where it's been

Slime Mold's Powers of Recall Hint at Origin of Memory

 

A Wired Science story by Brandon Kein with accompanying video explains that slime mold, an amoeboid, a collection of single cells that's not even an animal and has no brain, actually can remember. Audrey Dussutour, a collective behavior specialist at France's National Center for Scientific Research says slime mold has to do everything with just one cell, and it knows where it has been by leaving a mucous trail in its wake. Roots lack spatial memory, and people often forget where they were. How does slime mold manage it? Read the story in Wired and the article by Dussutour and her coauthors in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences


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