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Old 08-30-2006, 02:06 PM   #1
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Single celled organism has just as many genomes as humans

Slashdot | Single-Celled Species' Genome As Complex As Ours?

interesting read.. its basically a pretty advanced single celled organism.
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Re: Single celled organism has just as many genomes as humans

I just got done reading that on slashdot, its pretty interesting.
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Re: Single celled organism has just as many genomes as humans

Meh, we 23 diploid chromosomes. Water flys have 80!
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Re: Single celled organism has just as many genomes as humans

some species have far more than us
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Re: Single celled organism has just as many genomes as humans

Hmmm, that's weird. I thought single celled organisms were supposed to be simple? Doesn't that mess up the whole evolution theory? Remember the picture of the monkey turning into the caveman, turning into the smart human. I'm confused, I thought my grandpa was a gorilla. @#$% wrong again.:hammer:
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Re: Single celled organism has just as many genomes as humans

yeah... we have like 25,000 genes I think, and rice has A LOT more than us, hahahaha... yes RICE. On a side note, I hate Tetrahymena... I had to write a couple lab reports based off experiments with Tetrahymena, and I hate them... I'm sure by association because the lab reports were really dumb, but yeah this seems like a pretty cool species, I wish I had gotten to mess around with it.
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Re: Single celled organism has just as many genomes as humans

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yeah... we have like 25,000 genes I think, and rice has A LOT more than us, hahahaha... yes RICE. On a side note, I hate Tetrahymena... I had to write a couple lab reports based off experiments with Tetrahymena, and I hate them... I'm sure by association because the lab reports were really dumb, but yeah this seems like a pretty cool species, I wish I had gotten to mess around with it.
w00t! for labs, I ahve a 3rd level bio lab this year, and a 3rd level chem lab. Both want "detailed" lab reports and all the other classes I've had had little pre made lab books that you basically fill in the blanks, lol.
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Re: Single celled organism has just as many genomes as humans

Pretty amazing. One question though, what can we benefit from this? I'm being serious btw, it's cool to understand that single celled organisms are more complex than we thought they were.. but then what?
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Re: Single celled organism has just as many genomes as humans

One of two explanations

1) the longer a species is around, the more it can simplify its genome.

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2) the longer a species is around, the larger and more diverse the genome becomes.
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How does this benefit us though? Or is it just information we didn't know before?
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How does this benefit us though? Or is it just information we didn't know before?
were top of the food chain, so, seems like our genome count is doing just fine.
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Re: Single celled organism has just as many genomes as humans

it benefits us because it may have unique genes that we can use to help us take care of problems some people might have. Especially being a single celled organism, it must have remarkable capabilities to repair itself... well, repairing damaged cells could lead one step closer to healing badly worn joints... or helping to heal muscles that have ungone severe trauma... plus, the next step is regenerating dead cells... so yeah, it's all in a line that leads to a very good place
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