Why Are Ciliates So Hairy?

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For James, our master of microscopes, the immense breadth has made ciliates a bit of an obsession. Whether he’s hunting down a rare species, or documenting the behavior of something more familiar, there’s always something spectacular in this group.

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SOURCES:
https://www.nature.com/articles/srep24874
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https://www.britannica.com/science/cilium
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