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Bouncing drops, memory
Walking droplets, swimming microbes: on memory in physics and life
Comptes Rendus. Mécanique, Volume 348 (2020) no. 6-7, pp. 545-554.

Whirling and swerving, a bacterium is swimming in a test tube, foraging for food. On the surface of a vibrating bath, a droplet starts walking. A certain similarity, but mostly dissimilarity, between the physical memory that emerges in Couder’s droplet experiments and the biological memory of the bacterium is noted. It serves as a starting point for a short perspective and speculation on the multilevel, loopy memory of living matter.

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DOI: 10.5802/crmeca.25
Keywords: Bacteria, Memory, Persister, CRISPR/Cas, Spore

Albert Libchaber 1; Tsvi Tlusty 2, 3

1 Center for Studies in Physics and Biology, Rockefeller University, New York, NY 10021, USA
2 Center for Soft and Living Matter, Institute for Basic Science, Ulsan 44919, Korea
3 Department of Physics, Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology, Ulsan 44919, Korea
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Albert Libchaber; Tsvi Tlusty. Walking droplets, swimming microbes: on memory in physics and life. Comptes Rendus. Mécanique, Volume 348 (2020) no. 6-7, pp. 545-554. doi : 10.5802/crmeca.25. https://comptes-rendus.academie-sciences.fr/mecanique/articles/10.5802/crmeca.25/

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