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John Bonner’s classic Dicty films

If you haven’t seen John Bonner‘s Dictyostelium movies, you’re missing out! Here is a short collection from Princeton University highlighting some of the charismatic footage Dr. Bonner filmed of the collective behavior of Dictyostelium amoebae. Studies on this protist have helped us begin to understand how the dynamics of actin polymer networks gives rise to crawling behavior, and raise interesting questions about whether single celled organisms can be altruistic.