Wetware

Just added to the stack: Wetware, by Dennis Bray. Bray has been a systems biologists at the University of Cambridge, since way back before they were calling people like him systems biologists. His papers have long inspired me, and I recently had the pleasure of conversing with him over lobster dinner at the Cold Spring Harbor Computational Cell Biology meeting earlier this year. (Yes, I lead a glamorous life.)

The blurb on the back of the book is exactly the question in biology that fascinates me more than any other:

How is a single-cell creature able to hunt living prey, respond to external stimuli, and display complex sequences of movements without the benefit of a nervous system?

Of course, this question does not just pertain to single-celled organisms. Think of the prey-hunting macrophages in your own body, or really any cell, whether it hunts or not – all cells sense and respond to their environments without nervous systems.

Stay tuned for updates on the book.

Author: Mike White

Genomes, Books, and Science Fiction

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