Suppose you are a cell??
Robert A. Bloodgood
rab4m at UVA.PCMAIL.VIRGINIA.EDU
Thu Mar 23 09:39:26 EST 1995
When asked which cellular organelle I would give up, I think the clear answer
is the mitochondrion. It is possible to do so in yeast. During evolution,
there are good examples of cells that gave up mitochondria, when evolving in
a low oxygen environment...a good example is the wealth of flagellated
protozoa (such as Trichonympha, Barbulanympha, Pyrsonympha) that live in the
hindgut of lower termites and the wood-feeding roach, Cryptocercus. These
organisms are highly motile, anaerobic and have no mitochondria. I believe
that Pelomyxa is a free-living amoeba that also lacks mitochondria.
Regards, Bob Bloodgood
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