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    Communities of Microbes Found to Have Working Memory

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    Biologists at the University of California, San Diego, studying collectives of bacteria, or “biofilms,” have discovered that these so-called simple organisms feature a robust capacity for memory. The findings were reported in the journal Cell Systems.

    The researchers used light exposure to impress a complex pattern onto a biofilm community — made up of hundreds of individual bacteria — that remembered the initial light stimulus, similar to how neurons form memory.

    Working in the laboratory of UC San Diego, professors Gürol Süel, Chih-Yu Yang, Maja Bialecka-Fornal, and their colleagues found that bacterial cells stimulated with light remembered the exposure hours after the initial stimulus. The…

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    Apr, 29 2020 |

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