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Protocell Phase Transition Colony

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Published on 09 Nov 2018 / In News & Politics

In larger groups, Butschli protocells have been observed to undergo sudden behaivoural and morphological transitions that appear to be emergent phenomena and whose conditions are not established. The phenomenon is reminiscent of quorum sensing in bacteria where beyond a threshold number of participating agents a population scale behaviour is triggered through signalling mechanisms. Much further characterisation of the underpinning mechanisms responsible for this surprising phenomenon in the Butschli system is needed

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