"Sweet as Can Be: How E. Coli Gets Ahead"
I just came across this article, in the regular updates I get from a source called Science Daily. It occurred to me that there was an eerie similarity between our politicians and the E coli, hereafter called by me as PoliticoE. Coli.
An experiment at replacing certain words in the scientific original report yielded the following.
Original report in left column in green. My take on the right column in red.
|Scientists at the University of York have discovered how certain bacteria such as Escherichia coli have evolved to capture rare sugars from their environment giving them an evolutionary advantage in naturally competitive environments like the human gut.|
Microbes are well-known for their ability to grow in demanding and nutritionally poor environments, which has allowed them to colonise some of the most remote places on the planet. Bacteria living in theoretically nutrient-rich environments like the mammalian intestine face similar challenges due to intense competition between bacterial species in the intestine for the finite amount of available food.
Researchers led by Dr Gavin Thomas in the University's Department of Biology discovered that a protein present in the intestinal bacterium Escherichia coli was a unique sugar transporter.
Common sugars like glucose form a cyclic structure called a 'pyranose' when dissolved in water. All transporters for glucose recognise the pyranose form. But, for sugars such as galactose, which is commonly found in dairy produce, around 10 per cent is found in a different ring form called a 'furanose'.
Initial work on the unknown E. coli transporter by Dr Thomas's team suggested that it was a galactose transporter. The researchers knew that E. coli has a galactopyranose transporter already, so why should the bacterium have evolved another system to do exactly the same thing?
The answer to the problem was discovered when researchers led by Professor Keith Wilson in the York Structural Biology Laboratory solved the 3D structure of the protein, revealing that it was bound to the rarer furanose form of galactose. Experiments by Dr Jennifer Potts in the University's Centre for Magnetic Resonance confirmed that the transporter was the first biological example to recognise furanose over pyranose forms.
Dr Thomas said: "The picture that emerges is that bacteria have evolved many related transporters to allow them to exploit every possible potential source of nutrient in their environment. Being able to use the extra 10 per cent of galactose available in the gut appears a trivial adaptation. But it is exactly the small change required to allow E. coli to grow a little bit faster when galactose is present in the gut, and so persist at the expense of other species of bacteria."
|Bloggers at Gappa have discovered how certain species such as PoliticaEscherichia coli have evolved to capture rare power from their environment giving them an evolutionary advantage in naturally competitive environments like the city elections|
Candidates are well-known for their ability to grow in their own demanding and other peoples nutritionally poor environments, which has allowed them to monopolise some of the most remote places in the country. Candidates managing the theoretically potential-vote-power-rich environments like the city slums face similar challenges due to intense competition between candidate species in the city for the finite amount of available money resources
Researchers led by Dr Ugich Konitari in the Inquisitive Department of Bloggery discovered that a mafia don present in the slum population PoliticoEscherichia coli was a unique funds transporter.
Common contributors like shops/commerce form a docile structure called a 'threatenose' when dissolved in shouts. All transporters for contributions recognise the threatenose form. But, for funds from such as industry, which are commonly found in the licencing department, around 10 per cent is from a different set called a 'withholdpermissionose'.
Initial work on the unknown PoliticoE. coli transporter by Dr Konitari's's team suggested that it was a election funds transporter. The researchers knew that PoliticoE. coli has a election-fund transporter already, so why should the candidates have evolved another system to do exactly the same thing?
The answer to the problem was discovered when researchers led by Professor Ugich in the Gappa Structural Society Laboratory solved the n-dimensional utility equation, of the votes, revealing that it was bound to the rarer "currency" form of election funds. Experiments by Dr Iknewit in the University's Centre for Automatic Fund Flow confirmed that the funds transporter was the first shameless example to recognize threatening-attitudes over polite-request forms.
Dr Konitari said: "The picture that emerges is that candidates have evolved many related funds transporters to allow them to exploit every possible potential source of funds in their environment. Being able to usurp the extra 10 per cent of government land available in the city appears a trivial adaptation. But it is exactly this specific attitude change that is required, to allow candidates to grow a little bit faster when mafia dons are present in the constituency, and so persist at the expense of other weaker sections of society."
I always knew these politicians were as bad or worse that these E. Coli. This confirms it :-)