amoebae amoebae

Definition(s):

  • (n) naked freshwater or marine or parasitic protozoa that form temporary pseudopods for feeding and locomotion

Derived Word(s)

Usage(s):

  1. When living alone, the cells are amoebae, and impossible to distinguish from other amoebae which have never learned to cooperate.
  2. Neither is there any structural connection between the separate amoebae.
  3. Despite this obstacle, scientists may someday produce amoebae with totally new characteristics.

News

  1. Social amoebae travel with a posse: Tiny single-celled organisms have amazingly complicated social lives

    Some social amoebae farm the bacteria they eat. Now scientists have taken a closer look at one lineage, or clone, of D. discoideum farmer. This farmer carries not one but two strains of bacteria. One strain is the "seed corn" for a crop of edible bacteria, and the other strain is a weapon that produces defensive chemicals. The edible bacteria, the scientists found, evolved from the toxic one.
    on July 30, 2013     Source: Science Daily

  2. Social amoebae travel with a posse

    ( Washington University in St. Louis ) Some social amoebae farm the bacteria they eat. Now a collaboration of scientists at Washington University in St. Louis and Harvard University has taken a closer look at one lineage, or clone, of D. discoideum farmer. This farmer carries not one but two strains of bacteria. One strain is the "seed corn" for a crop of edible bacteria, and the other strain is ...
    on July 30, 2013     Source: EurekAlert!

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