“It is well established that single cells respond to physiological stress on their own, cell by cell. Now we’ve shown this is not the case when individual cells become organized to form a multicellular organism. Now it is all for one — an integrated system where the cells and tissues only respond to stress when the neuronal signal says to respond as an organism.”
C. elegans – the worm this study was based on — is one of the least complex life forms on Earth, with 958 cells.Today, mirable dictu, we discover they can rally together against a common adversary.
We already knew from You Tube that lions can collectively out-pull a crocodile in a tug-of-war; and then, moments later, water buffalo can dramatically overwhelm those same lions to save a calf. See “Battle at Kruger”, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LU8DDYz68kM .
What lessons might Senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama learn from these examples?