Princeton George M. Moffett Professor Emeritus of Biology John Bonner, 89, has dedicated his life to Dictyostelium discoideum, known to the rest of us as slim mold. He is described in Science Magazine this month as “the current patriarch of the slime mold community.” I loved the article and I think it is about time for you to take a little time out and consider the beauty and genius of our often-forgotten friend, the slime mold.
Bonner has published his 18th book entitled “The Social Amoebae: The Biology of Cellular Slime Molds,” giving a history of his “beloved slime molds.” He insists that slime molds are “no more than a bag of amoebae encased in a thin slime sheat” hand points out that they do some incredible stuff like be chopped in two and reconstitute two versions of themselves. When separated, they will put themselves back together and start to move as one.
I just can’t wait for the movie. I hear Andrew Dice Clay will be playing the lead role.
Source: Princeton as first seen on Reddit
10 thoughts on “In Praise of Slime Mold . . . and The Academic Life”
that reminds me, i need to clean my refrigerator.
From article: “I just can’t wait for the movie. I hear Andrew Dice Clay will be playing the lead role.”
Sir, you insult slime mould everywhere with that association. 🙂
Slime mold is seriously cool.
…and you can spread it on an English muffin for a delicious snack!
What about fat mold?
I thought this was a fair minded blog! 😉
The textbooks are crawling with mold (old mold, young mold, slim mold, fat mold. feel alright on a warm San Franciscan nite).
As all slime grows it is not longer slim….You see all the fat cats in Washington lining there coffers…..with our money….Pelosi is as guilty….see she is still slim looking but still slime….Take a look at Bohners face….can you see all that slime oozing out of his pores…..taking from the poor….to pour in his coffers….not to be confused with coffins….
So is it slim mold or slime mold? Editor types want to know.
“the current patriarch of the slime mold community.”
There’s a joke about Washington there that writes itself.
Hmmm….Like Bush and Cheney and now Bush and Obama….
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