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The biochemistry of memory

Author(s): Stock, Jeffry B; Zhang, Sherry

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Abstract: Almost fifty years ago, Julius Adler initiated a program of research to gain insights into the basic biochemistry of intelligent behavior by studying the molecular mechanisms that underlie the chemotactic responses of Escherichia coli. All living organisms share elements of a common biochemistry for metabolism, growth and heredity — why not intelligence? Neurobiologists have demonstrated that this is the case for nervous systems in animals ranging from worms to man. Motile unicellular organisms such as E. coli exhibit rudimentary behaviors that can be loosely described in terms of cognitive phenomena such as memory and learning. Adler’s initiative at least raised the prospect that, because of the numerous experimental advantages provided by E. coli, it would be the first organism whose behavior could be understood at molecular resolution.
Publication Date: Sep-2013
Citation: Stock, Jeffry B, Zhang, Sherry. (2013). The biochemistry of memory. Current Biology, 23 (17), R741 - R745. doi:10.1016/j.cub.2013.08.011
DOI: doi:10.1016/j.cub.2013.08.011
ISSN: 0960-9822
Pages: R741 - R745
Type of Material: Journal Article
Journal/Proceeding Title: Current Biology
Version: Author's manuscript

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