Debunking Biology—The Kingdom Protista

January 30, 2009

Yana Eglit

Protists are a wonderful diverse group of miscellaneous eukaryotes (non-bacteria) often dismissed as “primitive”. These “primitive” creatures can form forests, be seen from space, see images, alter the mind, shape the face of humanity through diseases like malaria and nagana. After an initial rant to sort out some common misconceptions in biology, we will take a tiny glimpse of this vast alien universe where the organisms seem hell-bent to destroy every “rule” in biology.