|Web site||Awesome video of a neutrophil (a type of white globule) hunting a bacteria: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_xh-bkiv_c|
– BorgClown, 2008-10-11 at 15:56:24 (3 comments)
|On 2008-10-11 at 15:59:59, BorgClown wrote...
It's jawdropping awesome how something so tiny and isolated as an immune system cell exhibits such intelligent behavior. I've always thought of my body cells as nothing more than a bunch of electrochemically active blobs.
|On 2008-10-11 at 20:53:07, Lee J Haywood wrote...
A single cell is more complex than any machine created by man. It's the poor introduction we get at schools that makes them look simple - under a microscope, you might just see a nucleus in a blob but then don't get much further than being told that there's some DNA and the cells know how to divide.
|On 2008-10-11 at 22:11:32, BorgClown wrote...
Don't underestimate machines because they don't have biological processes. The LHC, the Space Shuttle, the Hubble, etc., are far more complex than a single cell. I'll give you that most everyday machines, like my laptop, are less complex than a cell, even if they pwn it in information storage and procesing.