Thursday, January 04, 2007

The Force in Mitochondria

MidisThe Scientist is running an article describing how George Lucas' midichlorians have made the move from Force-wielding microorganisms in the Star Wars galaxy, to the mitochondria of tick ova. While the naming is caused Mental Floss to pick up the story, the existence of a bacterial species living inside mitochondria, which is practically a baterium itself, is unprecendented it would seem. It's not clear if these bacteria destroy mitochondria in order to live in their shells, but Nate Lo, found midichlorians living in every female tick he looked at, regardless of its origin. Oh yea, and George Lucas said it was okay to name the species midichlorians. I wonder what Carolus would think.


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