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No, Naegleria fowleri is a free-living excavate form of protist that lives in warm fresh water. Fowleri finds its way into the brain by eating through the olfactory neurons in the nose where it multiplies itself greatly by feeding on nerve tissue. Once it penetrates the nervous tissue, fowleri's feeding results in significant necrosis of and hemorrhaging ...


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In my own opinion, I would not classify this as parasitism, as more unpalatable species are eaten with Batesian mimicry (and eating causes death). Parasitic organisms often do not kill the host, whereas in this case, it does. However, you are correct in stating that a unpalatable species with aposematic coloring is detrimented by the presence of a palatable ...


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You could have asked a similar question about splicing. The function of RNA editing seems to be similar: it's one of the ways to trigger production of alternative transcripts and proteins given the same DNA sequence. The question is discussed, for example, in this review. The authors describe different known effects of alternative RNA editing: Amino-acid ...


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In a 1987 article "Nonenteric Infections Acquired through Contact with Water", the author mentioned that "Infection of the ears, throat, respiratory tract, and cornea are also encountered" by virulent strains of Acanthamoeba and Naegleria fowleri. The only reference that implicates Naegleria fowleri is this one, but it doesn't mention modes of infection. ...



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