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This animal's behavior is mechanically programmed

Extremely simple animal Trichoplax adhaerens

Prakash Lab

The extremely simple animal Trichoplax adhaerens moves and responds to its environment with agility and seeming purpose, yet it has no neurons or muscles to coordinate its movements. New work shows that biomechanical interactions among the animal’s cilia are sufficient to explain how it moves.

Mar 16 2022