View Full Version : Setting bacteria against each other + bacterial macro-"intelligence"

02-12-2009, 03:54 AM
The fight against super-bugs (http://www.israel21c.org/bin/en.jsp?enDispWho=Articles^l2451&enPage=BlankPage&enDisplay=view&enDispWhat=object&enVersion=0&enZone=Health&)

Prof. Eshel Ben-Jacob, a scientist at Tel Aviv University, discovered that if he exposed a colony of bacteria to the same chemical signals that the bacteria produce to fight off competition, they would end up killing each other.

Bacteria, Ben-Jacob says, know how to glean information from the environment, talk with each other, distribute tasks and generate collective memory. He believes that bacterial social intelligence, conveyed through advanced chemical language, allows bacteria to turn their colonies into massive "brains" that process information, learning from past experience to solve unfamiliar problems and better cope with new challenges.