Growth

Many of us have difference in onion when it comes to growth. Soma hate the idea of growth whether it be physically or psychologically  whilst others embrace it with open arms. One thing we can agree on is that growth is inevitable. The way I see it growth is can sometimes be an uncomfortable process but it’s a necessary investment for progress. That’s exactly why chose to compare the diffract ways in which Paramecium Caudatum grows to the growth of human beings. Both very different but have one thing in common : Growth. Before we dive into this let’s first find out what a a paramecium Caudatum is as I assume we all know what a human is. And if for some reason you don’t know what a human being is, have a look in the mirror.

In terms of growth the human development is far from being an easy and standardised method of growing taller or larger. There are shifts in from and in tissue structure and distribution when a child grows bigger.Human development and growth is measured in 4 stages : Infancy, Childhood, Adolescence, Adulthood (early and late).  The process begins with fertilisation where an egg released from the overly of a female is penetrated by a sperm cell from a male.

In comparison Paramecium Caudatum There is a gradual loss of energy as a result of clonal ageing during the mitotic cell division in the asexual fission phase of growth of paramecium.P. tetraurelia is a well-studied species and it has been known that the cell expires right after 200 fissions if the cell relies only on the asexual line of cloning instead of conjugation and autogamy.There is an increase in the DNA damage during clonal ageing specifically the DNA damage in the macronucleus hence causing ageing in P. tetraurelia. As per the DNA damage theory of ageing the whole process of ageing in single-celled protists is the same as that of the multicellular eukaryotes.

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