Weekend Round-Up: Magic, Mushrooms, and J.J. Abrams Just Wingin’ It
Can a Cell Remember? – Scientific American
A single cell, we think, cannot think, but our impression that unicellular organisms have nothing like memory or cognition seems to be a self-fulfilling prophecy, born more of cognitive bias than any evidence. Cells, it seems, actually can remember, as a recent article in Scientific American points out – in fact, they can be trained to respond in specific ways to various stimuli, remember where food is, and even solve mazes. We are used to dismissing one-celled creatures with the word “simple” – “simple one-celled organism,” we say – but we are only now beginning to realize just how complicated the inner life of a cell can really be.
– Jack Forster, Editor-In-Chief
Credit : Source link