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  Topic: Slime molds scream:, "save the children!"< Next Oldest | Next Newest >  

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(Permalink) Posted: Aug. 14 2006,19:04

In times of plenty, the uni-cellular slime mold Dictyostelium discoideum leads a solitary life munching on bacteria littering the forest floor. But these simple creatures can perform heroic developmental acts: when the bacterial food supply dries up, Dictyostelium amebas band together with their neighbors and form a multi-cellular tower designed to save the children.

I'm sure the IDiots will try to have fun with this one, based on the summary selling statement used to place it on physorg i quote above.

However, the real interesting thing is this bit:

Unexpectedly, these deduced genetic blueprints for type III PKSs revealed each Dictyostelium type III PKS to be fused to other enzymatically active protein domains. This never seen before hybrid arrangement works like a very efficient bucket brigade that synthesizes polyketide molecules in slime mold cells.

slime molds.  A true case of the reality being far more bizarre than the fiction (like the slime molds in DnD).

"And the sea will grant each man new hope..."


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