Scientists identify slime mold that saves memories without a nervous system, Science News

Scientists identify slime mold that saves memories without a nervous system, Science News

Researchers have identified a single-celled slimy mold called Physarum polycephalum that saves memories – although it does not have a nervous system.

The study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America was conducted by researchers from the Max-Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization (MPI-DS) and Technical University of Munich (TUM).

Having a good memory of the environment is essential for making informed decisions. The concept of memory is traditionally associated with organisms having a nervous system.

However, even very simple organisms store information on past experiences to thrive in a complex environment – successfully harnessing nutrient sources, avoiding dangers and warding off predators.

Karen Alim, Head of the Biological Physics and Morphogenesis Group at MPI-DS in Göttingen and Professor of Biological Network Theory at the Technical University of Munich said: “It’s very exciting when a project develops from ‘a simple experimental observation.

The giant single-celled slime mold Physarum polycephalum responds to a source of nutrients. The body is made up entirely of …

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