I love the fairy wasps, just an ingenious technique they employ to be so small. I wrote a paper about them and xenophyophores in my 200-level Biology class. Fairy wasps discard many of their cellular machinery to maintain their small size, xenophyophores have massive redundancy of organelles and nuclei to service their absolutely massive size for a single celled organism. I am fascinated by these techniques and I made comparisons to techniques we perform in Computer Science like compiling, parallel processing, and forking.
Now I discover from this article's sources that we mammals possess organelle movement that brings us closer to Multinucleate fungi. The description of the use of mitochondria by white blood cells was also fascinating.
Still only understand like 20% of this article, but I'm damn interested.
I've also been surprised to read about genetic differences between brain cells recently that are as large as the genetic differences between immune cells and far larger than the normal sort of somatic mosaicism you get by typical errors copying that you see in other organs.
"The Brain is What, Exactly?" section starts a bit before halfway scroll.
We just need to find and agree on enough high-level representation and proceed with it.
P.S. that electronics CAD analogy the author used is really confusing and incorrect.
Understanding the additional input from the mitochondria however might help with building more accurate FMRI type systems.
> First, in vitro intercellular organelle transfer has been described in a highly diverse
> assortment of cell types, including human and rodent, differentiated and multipotent,
> malignant and benign, epithelial and mesenchymal, and neuronal. Thus it is safe to
> conclude that the capability of one cell to donate or receive an organelle from another
> cell is clearly widespread throughout mammalian cell types in culture.
> Further studies demonstrated that microtubule-containing TNTs were formed by stressed cells,
> which had lost cytochrome c but did not enter into the execution phase of apoptosis
> characterized by caspase-3 activation. Moreover, mitochondria colocalized with microtubules in
> TNTs and transited along these structures from healthy to stressed cells.