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Cellular Cannibalism May Have Led to the Evolution of Everything, Including Us

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 Archeology / Paleontology   |   Astronomy   |   Biology   |   Science
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Millions of years ago, simple cells might’ve eaten each other to develop their own type of superpowers. Freaky.

How Your Cells Decide Whether to Be Part of the Brain, or the Colon - https://youtu.be/W_Gpr8ZjqF4

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The fuel of evolution: A new hypothesis about how complex life emerged on Earth
https://phys.org/news/2010-10-fuel-evolution-hypothesis-complex-life.html
“But then, just over 2 billion years ago, a new form of life emerged from the primordial ooze that would chart a radically different course in evolution.”

Bacteria and Humans Have Been Swapping DNA for Millennia
https://www.the-scientist.com/features/bacteria-and-humans-have-been-swapping-dna-for-millennia-32779
“Bacteria inhabit most tissues in the human body, and genes from some of these microbes have made their way to the human genome.”

Brain Cells Share Information With Virus-Like Capsules
https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/01/brain-cells-can-share-information-using-a-gene-that-came-from-viruses/550403/
“The Arc gene, which is critical for animals’ ability to learn from experiences, has an incredible origin story.”

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