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October 17, 2012

Originally posted on NC Museum of Natural Sciences Education Blog:

I realize that people do not look fondly on amoebas, as they usually associate them with bad memories of a bout of amoebic dysentery. And it’s true that they often resemble the amoebic Mars alien creature that infected the astronaut in the 1959  sci-fi flick, The Angry Red Planet , or a smaller version of the monster in the 1958  Steve McQueen cult classic, “The Blob.”

But old movies and dysentery aside, you have to hand it to amoebas. For a tiny creature, they can sure move across a microscope slide….FAST!  If you don’t believe me, here’s some video footage I shot of an amoeba from one of our Micro World protozoan cultures (we maintain our own collection of live cultures).  It is on a microscope slide that we displayed on our 50-inch TV monitor. Given that kind of a stage, and seemingly…

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