I am a homeschooling mom to three boys. This year, we’re studying biology. Biology, by definition, is the study of living organisms. One day, we were reading about the Kingdom Monera, and I saw Christ – surprise!
I am doing this blog post a little different today! Instead of telling you what I saw right off, I am going to give you the information, and you’re going to tell me what you see of Christ. I am not sure who all reads this blog, but if you’re out there in blogland reading this, I encourage you to participate. I saw a least 6 or more things that reveal Christ and his nature. So here we go!!
Academic Moment… Hang in there!!
The organisms found in this kingdom are unicellular and do not have membrane bound organelles. This means all their innards, like DNA, are able to freely move about within the cell. An example from this kingdom is bacteria. Bacteria participate in genetic recombination but not for the purpose of reproduction, because they asexually reproduce. They use it to pass on a trait from one bacterium to another. That trait can allow a bacteria to survive in conditions that it otherwise couldn’t, so the bacteria can continue to live and reproduce asexually. There are two forms of genetic recombination: one is conjugation and the other is transformation. If you click on the picture, it will give you a little blurb about Kingdom Monera.
Is the process of copying and passing on DNA to another cell so that cell can obtain traits that will ensure its survival. The process of conjugation then can be used to pass on the new trait received from the death of another cell. So other cells may benefit from this new trait.
A transfer of DNA, as a result of death, which enables the dying cell to pass on a beneficial trait to the surrounding cells. When the bacterial cell dies, its cell wall falls apart releasing the contents of the cell into its surroundings. The other cells within the vicinity detect these contents and are then able to absorb what it needs, incorporating the new genetic information.
Alert!! Real test question:
This was the question my boys had on their biology test:
A population is composed of bacteria that are very sensitive to light. They survive and thrive only in the darkness. They live in a lake that is in a dark cave, so they are able to flourish. Slowly, however, a hole begins to erode the cave’s roof. As the days pass, light begins to filter in, and the cave starts to be dimly lit. The bacteria begin to die due to the light. While the erosion is taking place, however, two individual bacteria in the soil above ground fall into the lake. These bacteria cannot survive in the dimness of the poorly-lit cave, because they live and thrive in the light, so they immediately die. Days later, the hole has opened up so that light floods the cavern. Nevertheless, the bacteria that were once dying due to the light are now flourishing, with a population larger than they had before the erosion. Explain how this could be possible?
Using the information I have given you, tell us in the comments:
What do you see that reveals Christ and his nature in the Kingdom Monera? I saw at least six things; how many can you see?