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My Favourite Species
#1
I have loved bacteriophages since we first learned about them in high school. A combination of geometry and DNA, bacteriophages live off bacteria in much the same way parasitic wasps live off caterpillars, easting them from the inside out.

Bacteriophages are a weird kind of virus that burrow into the bacterial membrane and steal its DNA. This both kills the bacteria and multiplies the bacteriophage exponentially, each bacteria producing a truckload of new phages.

Medical science has been looking at these boys for some time, and in what seems to be a world first, a Pommy scientist has killed a fatal drug-resistant bacterial infection with them.

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/may/08/teenager-recovers-from-near-death-in-world-first-gm-virus-treatment
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#2
cool stuff.

Have you heard of the xenophyophores?

There essentially a single celled organism with multiple cell nuclei. They live in the ocean. Quite large, by protozoa standards.

https://www.wired.co.uk/article/xenophyophores-deep-sea

It's really hard to pick a favorite.
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#3
If phage research continues to bring results like that it will be everybody's favourite species.

...the Xenophyophores I'm still trying to get my head around. A 10 centimeter single cell may take a coffee and couple of ciggies to think on.
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#4
"... largest individual cells known to mankind, with a diameter often exceeding 10 centimetres. "

That is a big fucking single cell!

Thanks for the link stank, that's a good one.
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#5
There's weirder stuff out there.

I love the fact, that even within biology, the world has surprises.

Maybe eventually, we'll have complete comprehension of everything.

For now, I'm grateful for the mysteries that still lurk.
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#6
Quote:For now, I'm grateful for the mysteries that still lurk.

Me too! SmileSmileSmile
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#7
You're a sweetie pie.

We're old farts.

Our perspective is twisted, most likely.

It's a wonder we can still muster any opinions.
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#8
Dunno about you but I only bother expressing them for the arguments.
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#9
I'm here for you.
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#10
(05-08-2019, 01:46 PM)stanky Wrote:  cool stuff.

Have you heard of the xenophyophores?

There essentially a single celled organism with multiple cell nuclei. They live in the ocean. Quite large, by protozoa standards.

https://www.wired.co.uk/article/xenophyophores-deep-sea

It's really hard to pick a favorite.

Yes, I have had a look at those boys before. We like protozoa - we had one in a drop of water on a slide for about 3 days a while back. Fuck they're fast.
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