…programmed only with the ability to control and see the game screen, and an urge to increase the score.
Enterococcus, by poisoning its rivals, was saving the worms. This change depended entirely on the presence of Staph. When King exposed 15 generations of worms to Enterococcus alone, the mildly harmful bacterium became slightly more harmful. “On its own, it’s a little bit of a parasite,” says King. “But when it interacts with this much more virulent organism, it shifts along the continuum to be much more beneficial.
“Anyone who wants to see the sunlight clearly needs to wipe his eye first”
Truth Coming Out of Her Well to Shame Mankind – Jean-Léon Jérôme, 1896