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Count von Count's Avatar Jump to comment 5 by Count von Count

Interesting article, but a bit unscientific.

Prokaryotes are organisms that often have just one cell.

While this is true, there are other types of organisms that have just one cell. All known life is either prokaryotic or eukaryotic. All prokaryotes and many eukaryotes have only one cell. What is special about prokaryotes is that they do not have any organelles or "cell sub-organs" (although it has recently been discovered that there are certain eukaryote-like structures in prokaryotic cells). In particular, they do not have a nucleus (as the article correctly mentions).

Sat, 24 May 2008 14:59:00 UTC | #174960