Fast bacteria divide, cloning themselves every 20 minutes. In a million divisions, one bacterium may be a mutant. While most mutants die, successful ones quickly clone themselves across the environment.
Bacteria aren’t just fast; they’re also loose. Gene traders and swappers, they do not just create the next generation – they can become the next generation. “Horizontal” evolution yields brandnew kinds of beings.
What would happen if human beings could swap ideas as readily as these bacteria swap genes?
University of Montana--Missoula. Environmental Studies Program
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Liebes, Sid; Mittelstadt, Laurie; Waugh, Barbara; and Brynes, Lois, "Panel 13: Celebrating Diversity: Fast And Loose" (1997). A Walk Through Time - From Stardust To Us. 13.