Archaebacteria: Background information when reading The Mother Code

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The Mother Code

by Carole Stivers

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The Mother Code by Carole Stivers
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Archaebacteria

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Yellowstone's Morning Glory Spring with yellow color from archaebacteriaCarole Stivers' novel The Mother Code imagines the rapid spread of a deadly genetically engineered disease called IC-NAN. The widespread proliferation of the disease is due in large part to its receptive archaebacteria, which serve as both host and incubator for the IC-NAN's DNA; as one character puts it, "these archaebacteria are capable of taking in the [nonlethal] linear form, making more copies of it, and manufacturing more [deadly] spherical NANs from that DNA." But what are archaebacteria?

Archaebacteria — or, as they are more properly called, archaea, are microbes that are similar to bacteria in size and simplicity but actually work quite differently on a molecular level. Scientists now believe that archaea form a third, intermediate group between bacteria and eukaryotic cells — that is, the kinds of cells that make up all plants, animals and fungi. Because they are not true bacteria, the name archaebacteria is technically outmoded, though it is still commonly ...

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