My favorite cell: Giardia.

  title={My favorite cell: Giardia.},
  author={J. A. Upcroft and P. Upcroft},
  journal={BioEssays : news and reviews in molecular, cellular and developmental biology},
  volume={20 3},
The gut protozoan parasite, Giardia duodenalis, is the best characterized example of the most ancient eukaryotes, which are anaerobic and appear to be primitively amitochondrial. Apart from its obvious medical importance, Giardia is fascinating in its own right. Its prokaryotic-like anaerobic metabolism renders it selectively sensitive to some bacterial drugs, especially the nitroimidazoles, which are activated to form toxic radicals. Other features, including an enzyme that reduces oxygen… CONTINUE READING

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