You've heard of a Flea Circus… now get ready for the Germ Circus!
LOL!!! Something a bit more than Shapiro's "cellular intelligence," researchers at Princeton have demonstrated some interesting intelligence in e.coli per anticipating future conditions and turning genes on or off based on that acquired knowledge.
In addition to shedding light on deep questions in biology, the findings could have many practical implications. They could help scientists understand how bacteria mutate to develop resistance to antibiotics. They may also help in developing specialized bacteria to perform useful tasks such as cleaning up environmental contamination.
Huh. An understanding of evolution as endogenous adaptive mutagenesis looks to "have many practical implications?" Who'd a thunk?
The researchers say that their findings open up many exciting avenues of research. They are planning to use similar methods to study how bacteria exchange genes with one another (horizontal gene transfer), how tissues and organs develop (morphogenesis), how viral infections spread, and other core problems in biology.
By golly, here we have actual biological scientists at an Ivy League institution and publishing in Science reporting that life anticipates the future at the most rudimentary level and adapts itself accordingly. Who was it who predicted years ago that science would eventually come to accept an EAM-ish version of intelligent design in biological evolution because it offers better solutions to 'problems' the RM-NS paradigm simply cannot explain?