Natures wonders: bacterial adaptation: (Introduction)

by dhw, Friday, September 01, 2017, 13:22 (835 days ago) @ David Turell

DAVID: In relation to Shapiro's work a new study shows how bacteria can appear to control adaptation to a change in nutrients:
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/when-it-comes-to-evolution-microbes-have-to-...

QUOTE: "To survive hostile environments, an organism often has to acquire new traits.”

And yet you keep trying to tell us that survivability plays no role in evolution. Bacteria remain bacteria, but maybe other organisms acquire major new traits for the same reason, and duly become new species.

DAVID’s comment: this confirms Shapiro's work showing bacterial capability. But interestingly they only make one choice out of other possibilities. We know what they can do, not how.

Since Shapiro is a firm believer in the concept of bacterial intelligence, I would suggest that one very feasible explanation of this bacterial capability which confirms his research is…bacterial intelligence.


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