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Bacteria use IRC

It turns out bacteria are big users of IRC.

All bacteria hang out on two IRC channels. First, all bacteria hang out on #HO+OH+O+O. Second, each species of bacteria has their own, private, channel that only bacteria of that kind hang out on (#species-NAME).

If you aren't sure if two bacteria cells are the same species, do a /whois and see which 2 channels it is on. When a bacteria species has evolved enough to be different than their their parent species, they start using a different species-specific channel.

Now that we know this, it is easier to classify bacteria.

And if you don't believe me, watch this TED.COM talk by Bonnie Bassler of Princeton University.

Posted by Tom Limoncelli in Misc