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29 Sep 2016, 6:02 am

I found this interesting, particularly with respect to how often we're used to looking to nerve cells to try to identify a source of consciousness in ourselves and other higher mammals. Single-celled organisms being able to learn, in some other places sexually procreating (eg. yeast), it sheds some perspective on just how far down this stuff goes. ... 081533.htm

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29 Sep 2016, 12:29 pm

It is fascinating!

This is a highly unusual "single cell" organism, though, as indicated by a link in the same publication: ... d-shared=0

I'm not sure it makes sense to draw parallels with other single cell organisms, given the characteristics of these molds.

I would love to know what is going on to support this at a molecular level.

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