Category Archives: endosymbionts

Symbiosis literally means “together with life”. There are a number of symbiotic relationships such as predator/prey, parasite/host, commensalism where one partner benefits without harming the other, and mutualism where all partners benefit from the relationship. Endosymbiosis is when a small partner is physically within the cells of another larger partner. It could theoretically include all of the relationships previously described. In this blog, I focus on endosymbiosis that is mutualistic. I believe it has been a driving force in the evolution of eukaryotic cells, such as we have.

Does apoptosis recapitulate phylogeny in reverse? (revisited)

This is an old post from May, 2011. I didn’t include any images before, so I thought I would try to do a better job this time. You can blow a house to smithereens using explosives or you can carefully … Continue reading

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Regarding Comments

???????? I have been getting quite a lot of comments lately. Some of them are repeats. They are almost always positive in nature but somewhat generic in content, meaning they could apply to other blogs as well. So, I am … Continue reading

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Thing One and Thing Two

  So let’s summarize most of the March and April posts I’ve done here. What are “Thing 1” and “Thing 2” here? Do you know? Does anybody else know? Are they being discussed in any reputable scientific journals, blogs, or … Continue reading

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Cellular Upgrades Via Endosymbionts

The fourth post below this one compared cellular evolution to corporate mergers. However, the devil’s always in the details, isn’t it?  So let’s try to get to the semi nitty gritty here. You can also think of cellular evolution as a … Continue reading

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Human Incorporated, Open for Business

I bet you never thought of yourself as a corporation, did you? Don’t lie now. Well, you are. In fact, in terms of being incorporated, you are the mother of all mergers. After all, look at all we have managed to … Continue reading

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Runaway Endosymbionts: What are They?

Runaway Endosymbionts: What are They? Well, I think this needs a bit of elaboration, don’t you? First of all, what exactly is a symbiont, much less and endosymbiont? Fair question. A symbiont is one of two or more organisms engaged … Continue reading

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Apoptosis and Avoidance of Cancer

Well, here we go again, more scientific gibberish. What in the “hey” is apoptosis? Don’t shoot the messenger here, folks, I had nothing to do with the genesis of this word, but I’ll try to explain it so you can see … Continue reading

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