Pavlov's microorganisms

July 27, 2009

Though pre-inducing genes diverts resources in the first environment and therefore temporarily hinders the organism, it confers a fitness advantage in the future. Prediction is a short-term energy expense for long-term gains in survival.

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The real process occurs over millions of generations of rapidly evolving microbes, where the two processes of mutation and natural selection work together to generate highly fit networks that can interact most aptly with their environments--including the ability to anticipate future occurrences.

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