Slime Molds, especially Dictyostelium

15 Jul 2014 10:54

Like almost everyone else who comes to this from a mathematical background, I am particularly interested in Dictyostelium. Depending on one's point of view, this is either a single-celled amoebae which can cooperate to form structures ensuring better dispersal when food gets scarce; or a differentiated multicellular organism where forming a new organism doesn't require merging two gametes, but many, without a notion of sex. Or it's an excitable medium.

See also: Developmental Biology; Excitable Media; Pattern Formation; Self-Organization