A-Team: There's not a lot of energy to be gleaned in an autotrophic environment using molecular hydrogen as terminal oxidant with a nickel cofactor catalyst poisoned by early oxygen, but a big breakthrough from the anthropomorphic perspective came from a cooperative symbiosis with a micro-aerobic planktonic marine ?-proteobacteria, later to become a talent-sharing endosymbiont known as the mitochondrion.
Mitochondria: common factors for eukaryotes and not too far from 'others'. They are *everywhere*, and so many variations, how do they communicate with environment, with others? little fellows, sooo complex..
Thank you for putting them back into my head. I need them
Some notes & videos:
---------------------------"The Excitable Mitochondria"
by John Hewitt.
"On the fundamental units of the nervous system."
I shall argue that the fundamental, discrete units of the nervous system are its mitochondria. The feature that we expect of an irreducible neural component is excitability. Mitochondria take excitability to an extreme. If mitochondria are the fundamental units of the nervous systems, then in any CAD model of the brain, they are precisely the parts to which the most care and attention should be applied."Tiny Conspiracies: Cell-to-Cell Communication in Bacteria,"
by Bonnie Bassler
Intra/inter-species communication, tribalism/social behaviour of bacterial life, uf. New potential drugs, saturating sensors by dummy signal should make them "unaware but compliant". Some do that to humans so why not to bacteria, what possibly could go wrong?Bonnie Bassler: "The Secret, Social Lives of Bacteria" | Spring 2015 Wall ExchangeP. Greenberg - Quorum sensing and cooperation in bacteria..
by Marc Henry.
"On the relationship between physics and chemistry.""Chiral Induced Spin Selectivity"
reviewed by James Tour.
all there should be a lot of 'emergent properties' which distinguish one from a mere walking bag of mitochondria.
gone to count some beans er permutations.