Neurogenetics and dance: adaptive evolution sans eyes and ears
March 5, 2013 | James Kohl
This 29 seconds-long video of life in the lab exemplifies the nutrient-dependent pheromone-controlled behavior essential to adaptive evolution via ecological, social, neurogenic (e.g., in nematodes) and socio-cognitive niche construction. The molecular mechanisms common to species from microbes to man involve the complexity of systems biology. The neurogenetic complexity is not funny until the behavior of nematodes is associated with human behavior by adding a sound-track. At that point, the association is hilarious, and we can all laugh together at those who think that random mutations are responsible for the visually-perceived association between the “dancing” of worms and human dance.