Is there nothing E. coli cannot do? The Sudoku edition

By Carl Zimmer | November 16, 2010 2:44 pm

Every now and then I take a moment at the Loom to marvel anew at the sophistication of a certain microbe. Today, I direct your attention to a report in New Scientist on E. coli that has been engineered to solve Sudoku puzzles. Frank Swain, the author, makes a good point: if E. coli is allowed to spread out the task among millions of individual microbes, it can tackle bigger problems. Let’s just hope that all the E. coli in our guts don’t figure this out on their own…

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  1. Bacteria solve sudoku | A Schooner of Science | November 17, 2010
  1. CW

    Call me impressed, but can e-coli solve MadLibs?

  2. DigitalAxis

    How ’bout Conway’s Game of Life?

  3. Monkey

    Ok, ok…I have to….

    A thousand microbes typing at a typerwriter could produce….

  4. “Let’s just hope that all the E. coli in our guts don’t figure this out on their own…”

    Is there any particular reason to think they haven’t “figured it out” already? Maybe it’s Us who haven’t figured it out yet. 😉

  5. askew

    And once again I flash back to the first time I read Greg Bear’s “Blood Music”…..check it out if you haven’t already (it’s now decades old but still pretty fresh).


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Carl Zimmer writes about science regularly for The New York Times and magazines such as DISCOVER, which also hosts his blog, The LoomHe is the author of 12 books, the most recent of which is Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed.


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