*Amoebae increase survival odds through rudimentary form of agriculture; finding has implications for human diseases*
Some amoebae do what many people do. Before they travel, they pack a lunch.
In results of a study reported in the journal Nature, evolutionary biologists Joan Strassmann and David Queller of Rice University show that long-studied social amoebae Dictyostellum discoideum (commonly known as slime molds) increase their odds of survival through a rudimentary form of agriculture. (more…)