How do simple cells differentiate, assemble into communities, and cope with change? Losick's seminar addresses these questions in the spore-forming bacterium Bacillus subtilis.
Part I is an overview of how B. subtilis makes a spore.
Part II presents research on the capacity of B. subtilis cells to form architecturally complex communities.
Part III presents research showing that B. subtilis uses a bet hedging strategy for coping with uncertainty.
Richard Losick is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor, the Maria Moors Cabot Professor of Biology, and a Harvard College Professor. He received his B.A. from Princeton University in 1965 and his Ph.D. from MIT in 1969. He was elected to the Harvard Society of Fellows as a Junior Fellow in 1969, and he joined… Continue Reading