Berlin 2012 – wissenschaftliches Programm
PV 1.1: Plenarvortrag
Montag, 26. März 2012, 08:30–09:15, H 0105
Survival in the face of the unknown: some lessons from bacteria — •Stanislas Leibler — Laboratory of Living Matter, The Rockefeller University, New York, NY, USA — Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ, USA
Growing bacteria are subject to different types of environmental changes. Some changes are regular: for example, daily variations of light intensity. Others are stochastic, such as the random appearance of predators or toxins. Bacteria have developed an astonishing panoply of strategies to survive in fluctuating environments and the mechanisms underlying adaptive microbial behaviors and their consequences are only beginning to be understood. In my talk I will describe recent experimental and theoretical studies of some of these complex phenomena. Connections to other fields such statistical mechanics and information theory will be emphasized.