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    Default The 'blob': Paris zoo unveils unusual organism which can heal itself, has 720 sexes

    Julie Zaugg
    October 17, 2019

    It is bright yellow, can creep along at a speed of up to 4 centimeters (1.6 inches) per hour, can solve problems even though it doesn't have a brain and can heal itself if it is cut in two. Meet the "blob," an unusual organism which will go on display Saturday at the Paris Zoological Park, as part of a first-of-its-kind exhibition intended to showcase its rare abilities.
    The slime mold, which is known officially as physarum polycephalum (or "the many headed slime") is neither a plant, an animal nor a fungus. It doesn't have two sexes -- male and female -- it has 720. And it can also split into different organisms and then fuse back together, according to a press release from the Zoological Park.

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