Pro-kary-otes? Boil ’em, Mash ’em, Stick ’em in a Stew?

Many biologists are passionately fascinated by prokaryotes, the same way a “normal” person might be excited about sports, music, or some other hobby. What are some of the characteristics that get scientists so excited about these tiny, primitive creatures? How do you feel about them?

Well for one thing, these ‘tiny, primitive creatures’ are about as old as the earth itself, however old it may be. That’s what makes them fascinating in my opinion. If they were powerful enough, they could take over the human race–but enough talk of world domination, let’s talk about how interesting theses little creatures can be. On one hand, these things can help progress the sciences to achieve something beyond our comprehension! On the other hand, this little devils can be used to cause diseases so powerful, it’ll send us all the way to Raxacoricofallapatorius! How could you not be interested in these buggers? It is a very interesting topic to have a chat about over lunch and I wouldn’t be surprised if they’re all we talk about in the future. 

As for how I feel about them, I’d have to say it’s a love/hate relationship. Don’t get me wrong, they’re plenty fascinating, but so are Great White sharks and you don’t see me cozying up to any of them. 

Biology R. Lesson 70



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