Morphological originality of organisms: Statistical analysis of DIC images of Paramecium aurelia

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  • 2014
  • May

Joseph Mastropaolo

California State University, Long Beach, California, USA

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 00:15
It is well known that no two snowflakes are the same. Whether or not living organisms are also not alike is not well known. The purpose of this study was to compare the morphology of a sample of 116 Paramecium aurelia cells for originality or duplicates and to calculate statistical probabilities. All of the paramecia were originals. There were no duplicates. Like snowflakes, the statistical probability for originality unanimity amongst the cells was well beyond the scientific standard for statistical significance. Like snowflakes in the non-viable realm, the results suggest that living organisms also may be unanimously original. A second tier of statistical inference is also discussed for the non-viable realm as well as for the botanical biosphere, the zoological biosphere, and the entire universe.
 
Microscopy and Analysis 28(4):7-9 (AM), May 2014  
 
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