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Res Microbiol. 2001 Nov;152(9):767-70.

Smart behavior of true slime mold in a labyrinth.

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Research Institute for Electronic Science, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan.


Even for humans it is not easy to solve a maze. But the plasmodium of true slime mold, an amoeba-like unicellular organism, has shown an amazing ability to do so. This implies that an algorithm and a high computing capacity are included in the unicellular organism. In this report, we discuss information processing in the microorganism to focus on the issue as to whether the maze-solving behavior is akin to primitive intelligence.

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