305. Chatting with E. coli: Cultural Differences

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You are thinking “wait a second, you can’t just evolve resistance to stuff.  Individuals don’t evolve, species do.”

Typically, that’s a fair characterization of evolution.  But bacteria have a lot of horizontal gene transfer, so you can evolve your very own antibiotic resistance just by borrowing the right plasmid from a buddy bacteria.

Another example of evolution on an individual basis is Pokemon.

Whoops!  I meant Poke’mon.