The amoeba Entamoeba histolytica, in green, takes a bite out of a human cell, outlined in pink. (via sciencemag.org)
This scares me out of my wits
Excuse my French, but this little shit, E. histolytica, —responsible for a diarrhoeal disease that causes thousands of deaths each year in the developing world— kills intestinal cells through trogocytosis, namely, gnawing them.
Researchers, at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, discovered that the amoeba bites the living cells to the death (which happens for excess damage) and then… the amoeba spits them out.
Fierce protists are, indeed, dreadful creatures.
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Those fuckers. This is some scary shit, though.
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