Tuesday, April 27, 2010

In Which I Ponder Cells As Their Own Entities

A single cell, we barely understand,
Says Brian Ford, and why is he not right?
We know what's up within but in the grand
External scheme, so little's come to light
Because that's not where we choose now to look.
Take neurons, he says, are they just a switch?
Is what goes on between them thought? I took
Some time, consid'ring this, and find it rich:
Somatic cells do what they must with no
Great micromanagement from human brains.
If just a liver cell works on its own
What wonders can one neuron entertain?
Reductionists miss out; let's learn some more
About whole cells and what they have in store!

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