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Mark O. Martin

I agree with Ami: a wonderful post, and yet another example of something I will have students read and discuss. One of the paradigms we Microbial Supremacists must fight is the "prokaryotes do not have organelles" drumbeat. But bit by bit, the distinctions crack and crumble. I predict that soon we will call these subcellular compartments "prokaryotic organelles."

Microbiology marches on. Why, just the other day I heard an academic colleague very dogmatically state that prokaryotes did not have a cytoskeleton. Um.

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