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Desc:Nature is Brutal
Category:Science & Technology, Educational
Tags:death, biology, cells, microbial life, nihilism
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SolRo - 2018-12-30
Self awareness and pain receptors are highly overrated
casualcollapse - 2018-12-30
This made me sad, the lone single celled organism in a desolate white wasteland giving up the ghost.
casualcollapse - 2018-12-30
Why did it dissolve like that? Did the microorganism not get enough food?
Binro the Heretic - 2019-01-01
Maybe just the cellular equivalent of old age?

Anaxagoras - 2019-01-01
It's just called "old age". And yes, old age is displayed on the cellular level, as well as on the macrocellular level.

Basically, when a cell (whether it's a single-celled or multi-cellular animal)gets old, cellular bodies called lysosomes start appearing with more frequency. We're not sure why they start appearing or what function they serve, but they're a clear sign of old age & a clear indication that the cell isn't long for this world.

What's really interesting is that we're not sure how having a high proportion of cells with high lysosome counts relates to the signs of old age that we're familiar with (i.e. skinspots, frailty, etc.), but there must be some connection since there's a 1:1 correlation between the two.

casualcollapse - 2019-01-03
Do lysosomes have something to do with telomeres?

Anaxagoras - 2019-01-07
No. Telomeres are structures that appear at the end of chromosomes. They're involved with the replication of DNA when a cell divides. (i.e. When a cell divides, both of the resulting cells get a full copy of the original cell's DNA.)

What you might be referring to is that as an organism ages, telomeres start appearing with more & more errors, thus resulting in errors when the DNA is copied. Again, as far as I know, we're not quite sure why the telomeres of multi-cellular organisms start to display more errors as the overall organism ages.

Keep in mind that it's been 20 years since I got my undergraduate degree in biochemistry; science may have advanced considerably in this area since then.

Chicken the Did - 2018-12-31
Can you imagine if people died like this? Suddenly grandma makes a Howie Long Scream and melts into goo.
casualcollapse - 2018-12-31
That would be the most awesome thing I've ever seen

Mr. Purple Cat Esq. - 2018-12-31
mod pls ban Decoy
Robin Kestrel - 2018-12-31
The lesson is don’t put all your eggs in one basket.
Born in the RSR - 2018-12-31
Omae wa mo...
SixDigitDebt - 2019-01-01
Low budget snuff porn really explores those niche markets.
garcet71283 - 2019-01-01
What is this, ogrish.com?
fedex - 2019-01-01
those cilia kept flagellatin' till the end

RIP paramecium
decoy - 2019-01-01
It's like it knew it was doomed, but couldn't help trying to outrun the micro grim reaper.

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