Category Archives: What are they?

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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Hiding in Plain Site (III)

In the last two posts I shared photomicrographs of mouse L-1210 cells in various stages of decomposition. The unusual structures generated from nuclei appear to be related to the stage in the cell cycle in which the original cell was … Continue reading

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Hiding in Plain Sight

Like a lot of people, I enjoy tickling living things to get a response out of them. It doesn’t hurt them but you sure know they’re very much alive! Grandkids are one example. In some cases, however, “tickling” is irreversible. … Continue reading

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If someone is going to fix your car engine, shouldn’t they know how it’s put together?

Why do I keep boring everybody by droning on incessantly about our chromosome structure? Well, if someone is going to fix your car engine, shouldn’t they first know how it’s actually put together? Would you go to a mechanic that starts … Continue reading

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Can the linear chromosome model be saved?

In my last post (just below this one) I indicated that the linear chromosome model shown in textbooks may violate the second law of thermodynamics because of the sizes of DNA circles that would have to be stitched together from … Continue reading

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Tinker toys and chromosomes

When I was growing up we played with something called tinker toys. In fact, they are still available today. There were other baby toys along the way that my children played with called snap lock beads. I’m not here to … Continue reading

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How do bacteria-sized circular chromosomes pop out of human “linear” chromosomes?

Chromosomes such as we and other higher animals have are denoted in the literature as simple linear structures containing a single linear strand of DNA. Yet, somehow, circular structures as large as bacterial chromosomes can pop out of them on a moment’s … Continue reading

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