Learning of Bacteria
btf at t10.lanl.gov
Fri Nov 22 18:34:28 EST 1996
Marcus Taeuber wrote:
> Has anyone ever thought about the possibility of some kind of
> learning in bateria?
> Stupid stuff, right?
Look up work on chemotaxis. In order for a bacterium
to know if it is swimming toward a food source or away
from a food source, it has to "remember" what the
concentration was a few seconds ago and compare it to
the current concentration, then decide whether to keep
swimming, or to tumble about and head off in a different
There is no "learning" involved, the bacteria
never get any better at the task, as far as I know.
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