The Social Amobea

November 2, 2010

within an interview with Oren Harman,
author of “The Price of Altruism”
PRI World Science Podcast.  Oct7,2010

“The example I love most is the social amobea – an amobea called Dictyostyleium discoideum which usually lives as an autonomous, single celled individual… Except when conditions are bad and food is hard to come by it emits a chemical signal… and they converge on the forest floor, and actually produce a single slug…. they had been formerly, autonomous individuals but now they [come] together, and now each of them is a cell in the body of an autonomous slug…”

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