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  • adj. Of or having the characteristics of prokaryotes, especially bacteria.
  • adj. Of cells, lacking a nucleus.

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  • adj. having cells that lack membrane-bound nuclei


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  • The plasmid must contain prokaryotic nucleotide sequences coding for a bacterial replication origin for DNA and an antibiotic resistance gene.

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  • Indeed Dulbecco's laboratory was filled with first-class postdoctoral fellows from around the world, who were trained in prokaryotic molecular biology and who came there intending to expand their research into eukaryotic molecular biology.

    Susumu Tonegawa - Autobiography

  • Most large-scale genomic studies suggest that the answer is an archaeon - that is, a prokaryotic cell that is in most respects like a bacterium.


  • I’d also like an explanation for the following: Among the 21 proteins in the small subunit, 13 proteins were identified as prokaryotic homologues and eight proteins were specific to the mammalian mitoribosome Table I.

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  • "prokaryotic" cells-which lack cell nuclei-evolved differently from that of "eukaryotic" cells with nuclei that comprise most other forms of life, from fungi to plants and animals. - latest science and technology news stories

  • The cases in point include the origin of complex RNA molecules and protein folds; major groups of viruses; archaea and bacteria, and the principal lineages within each of these prokaryotic domains; eukaryotic supergroups; and animal phyla.

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  • Life was prokaryotic and unicellular for 3 billion years.

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  • During the Archean Eon life started and was dominated by one-celled prokaryotic life forms.

    Geologic time

  • Martian life, should it exist, is not likely to be much more than prokaryotic-like forms making a living in the soil or in little niches free from solar UV and where they can catch a bit of water now and then.

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  • Note that since the typical human eukaryotic cell probably has around 100 times or so the volume and mass of a typical human-inhabiting prokaryotic bacterial cell, we are still probably more human than bacteria on a biomass basis.

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