Monthly Archives: May 2011

Hierarchical endosymbiosis (the “wheel and hub” motif)

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Prison escape by cellular inmates?

What you see in the picture below looks like some kind of primitive fungal colony, releasing spores. In was in fact derived from a colony of serum-arrested mouse L-1210 cells degrading under a coverslip. The immediate reaction of a tissue … Continue reading

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Does apoptosis recapitulate phylogeny in reverse?

You can blow a house to smithereens using explosives or you can carefully deconstruct it to avoid collateral damage. Necrosis is the former, apoptosis the latter.  The intricate apoptotic  pathways used to safely deconstruct cells are widely documented. The question … Continue reading

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