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They Come In Seven Sexes

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An old wing of the university
housed the laboratory.
She passed through a narrow corridor
oozing the autumn moisture
of the morning rain.

She put on a white polyester coat,
adjusted her seat and then
placed the Tetrahymena
under the microscope.
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POET'S NOTES ABOUT THE POEM
This poem is based on serious scientific research.

For further reading:

1. Kathleen Collins, Editor, “Tetrahymena Thermophila”, Volume 109 (Methods in Cell Biology) , Academic Press,2012
2. Candace B. Pert, PhD, “Molecules of Emotion”, New York: Touchstone,1999
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COMMENTS
Belle Wassermeister 24 October 2020
Wow! Is this for real? Seven sexes? Fascinating stuff!
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Kevin Patrick 31 August 2015
Deeply involving, not just poetic but educational, sadly I admit I was not aware of these creatures existence, I will look them up!
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Kanniappan Kanniappan 29 October 2013
Wonderful poetry with scientific significance and information on the tiny creature, Paramecium, not only for Tom but for us also.
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Kanniappan Kanniappan 29 October 2013
Wonderful poetry with scientific significance and information on the tiny creature, Paramecium, not only for Tom but for us also.
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Doug Bentley 05 August 2013
Thank you! When the human being can be reduced to the complexity of a single-cell organism, the scientist has been trapped, as you imply, as the observer in the observed. Much scientific research has about as much impact as one molecule of emotion. Sad to waste a lifetime on little critters. Glad I'm in the arts!
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Ramesh Rai 18 July 2013
beautiful n brilliant write
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