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Comment Re:Not all eukaryota have mitochondria (Score 5, Informative) 48

Mitosomes and the hydrogenosomes of Trichomonas vaginalis are degenerate mitochondria. They address this in TFA. This paper reports the new discovery of eukaryotes with no trace of mitochondria at all. From the paper:

Mitosomes in Giardia, Entamoeba, and Microsporidia represent the most extreme cases of mitochondrial reduction known to date, and yet they still contain recognizable mitochondrial protein translocases and usually an ISC system. The specific absence of all these mitochondrial proteins in the genome of Monocercomonoides sp. indicates that this eukaryote has dispensed with the mitochondrial compartment completely.

Comment Re:Have any of you tried... (Score 1) 259

I've been desperately wanting Jitsi to be excellent. I've tried to convince my Apple-loving family to move to it, since I'm running Linux. However, it's totally buggy for me. Constant visual and audio interference and noise, before the descent into full-blown ear-piercing feedback, that just doesn't stop. It's been like this for a few years now. I occasionally convince them to try again when an update is pushed, but it's yet to be resolved. Unfortunately, Skype is still the best option for us.

Comment Re:I'm sure /. will ridicule it, but... (Score 1) 306

BTW, you call chemistry "basic"? Why is chemistry of any practical use to anyone but anyone but a chemist? I can't recall a single instance in my life when I had to apply any sort of chemistry-based knowledge.

Among other things, knowledge of chemistry allows you to reject homeopathy and accept vaccinations.

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