Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Biological curiosities - CSWiki

I just posted the following on the Biological curiosities page of the CS wiki. It comments on a story that talks about how viruses (phages) help anthrax bacteria survive.
I would love to see a diagram that shows the various entities and processes involved. There are at least 4 levels: phage, bacterium, earthworm, and mammal. What is the role of each and when is that role played out? I gather from the article that it's not even as simple as that since different phages change how anthrax acts under various conditions.

This is a beautiful example of a complex system that we are beginning to understand. It would be very useful as an illustration of how complex systems function.

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