Wednesday, May 11, 2005
Nature have made freely available an analysis of the genome of the social amoeba Dictyostelium discoideum (slime mould). "The slime mould Dictyostelium discoideum has been an important laboratory model for over 50 years. These social amoebae normally live in forest soil where they hunt bacteria and yeast, and have therefore excelled in studies of how cells sense and move towards attractants in their environment. When hunting is not successful, the unicellular organisms become one multicellular entity and form a fruiting body to disperse spores, shown on the cover image." There's also a link to archival material.