Aunger ribosomal redux (attention Chris Taylor and Derek Gatherer)

From: Scott Chase (
Date: Sat 16 Apr 2005 - 21:44:56 GMT

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    This is an addendum to my previous post. Aunger again attributes a function to ribosomes that I'm not familiar with, but my biology is a little rusty. On page 165 of _The Electric Meme_ Aunger says that ribosomes "construct DNA in the cytoplasm of cells". Can Derek or Chris please explain how ribosomes do this? If we're talking eukaryotes, he's at least gotten the location wrong.

    Alberts et al in _Molecular Biology of the Cell_ (4th ed) define cytoplasm as follows: "[c]ontents of a cell that are contained within its plasma membrane but, in the case of eucaryotic cells, outside the nucleus."

    They have a definition of nucleus that Aunger might appreciate: "[p]rominent membrane-bounded organelle in a eucaryotic cell, containing DNA organized into chromosomes."

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