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  • n. Plural form of spirochete.


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  • If not, then it must have been Margulis 'damned spirochetes!


  • Termites lose less than 2 percent of their nutrients to methane production, because the spirochetes in their guts transform hydrogen and carbon dioxide into acetate, which the termites use as fuel.

    Gut Reactions

  • At first glance, the dark mass of the gut was immobile, the organisms apparently packed too tightly to move, but as Ottesen added water, a menagerie of blobby Trichonympha, whizzing spirochetes, and other creatures materialized, all supported by gangs of bacteria too small to see.

    Gut Reactions

  • The termite gut contained much more than enzymes involved in breaking down wood into sugars: for example, there were a hundred species of spirochetes closely related to syphilis but here devoted to, among other things, producing hydrogen.

    Gut Reactions

  • Her special interest became the study of protozoa and spirochetes.

    Margarete Zuelzer.

  • Thankfully, spirochetes missed the evolutionary antibiotic resistant bus.

    Coquina stew

  • Dr. Margulis has also proposed that eukaryotic flagella and cilia may have arisen from endosymbiotic spirochetes, but these organelles do not contain DNA and do not show any ultrastructural similarities to any prokaryotes, and as a result this idea does not have wide support.

    Behe and Theistic Evolution

  • Margulis thinks they were once independent spirochetes (like a virus of tubulin/actin instead of DNA), which provided useful sensory, molecular transport, signal transduction (the dimers are dipolar state-switchers) and information processing advantages to primitive single-celled life forms.

    Coordinated Evolution

  • Just more germs, an all-pervading medium of pathogens, microbes, floating colonies of spirochetes that fuse and separate and elongate and spiral and engulf, whole trainloads of matter that people cough forth, rudimentary and deadly.


  • The third and final stage is tertiary syphilis, or late syphilis, when characteristics occur such as gummy or rubbery tumours resulting from the concentration of spirochetes in the bodys tissues with the destruction of vital structures.



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