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Long-overlooked “tunneling nanotubes” and other bridges between cells act as conduits for sharing RNA, proteins or even whole organelles.
The dizzying network of interactions within microbe communities can defy analysis. But a new approach simplifies the math and makes progress possible.
With electrical signals, simple cells organize themselves into complex societies and negotiate with other colonies.
The new experiments suggest that simple models can explain the behavior of thousands of interacting organisms.