1147: Evolving

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In {{w|Pokemon}}, a highly popular game series, the protagonist goes out in search for the eponymous creatures. A lot of Pokemon can be found directly in the wild, but there are also a lot of Pokemon that require training and growth, having them "evolve" into new Pokemon. This comic is funny because it suggests that the author watches/plays Pokemon.
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In {{w|Pokemon}}, a highly popular game series, the protagonist goes out in search for the eponymous creatures. Many of Pokemon can be found directly in the wild, but there are also a lot of Pokemon that require training and growth, to cause them to "evolve" into new Pokemon. "Evolve" (the game's term) is a misnomer [http://www.cephasministry.com/save_our_children_pokemon_booklet.html (which had earned itself quite some controversy in the past)]. In reality, when applied to Pokemon, "evolution" is more akin to puberty or metamorphosis, since, instead of the entire species of Pokemon acquiring changes throughout an extended period of time, one specific member of the species grows instantly to the "higher stage." (To be more specific, the Pokemon glows before transforming into the new form, then stops glowing.) The changes can be [http://veekun.com/dex/pokemon/snorunt quite] [http://veekun.com/dex/pokemon/froslass dramatic]...[http://veekun.com/dex/pokemon/poliwhirl or] [http://veekun.com/dex/pokemon/poliwrath not].
 
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..."evolve" is a misnomer [http://www.cephasministry.com/save_our_children_pokemon_booklet.html (which had earned itself quite some controversy in the past)]. In reality, when applied to Pokemon, "evolution" is more akin to puberty or metamorphosis, since, instead of the entire species of Pokemon acquiring changes throughout an extended period of time, one specific member of the species grows instantly to the "higher stage." (To be more specific, the Pokemon glows before transforming into the new form, then stops glowing.) The changes can be [http://veekun.com/dex/pokemon/snorunt quite] [http://veekun.com/dex/pokemon/froslass dramatic].
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...[http://veekun.com/dex/pokemon/poliwhirl or] [http://veekun.com/dex/pokemon/poliwrath not].
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This comic depicts the "evolution" of a bacteria as observed by a Biologist in the same format as the game Pokemon. Here we have [[Staphylococcus Aureus]], which is not a desirable bacterium (it causes {{w|Staph infection}}s) which evolves into "Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus". {{w|Methicillin}} is an anti-biotic. If the bacteria becomes resistant, it means the anti-biotic will not kill the bacteria, and infections become harder to treat. Thus, the observer is not pleased with such an evolution.
  
 
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Revision as of 14:39, 14 December 2012

Evolving
Biologists play reverse Pokémon, trying to avoid putting any one team member on the front lines long enough for the experience to cause evolution.
Title text: Biologists play reverse Pokémon, trying to avoid putting any one team member on the front lines long enough for the experience to cause evolution.

Explanation

In Pokemon, a highly popular game series, the protagonist goes out in search for the eponymous creatures. Many of Pokemon can be found directly in the wild, but there are also a lot of Pokemon that require training and growth, to cause them to "evolve" into new Pokemon. "Evolve" (the game's term) is a misnomer (which had earned itself quite some controversy in the past). In reality, when applied to Pokemon, "evolution" is more akin to puberty or metamorphosis, since, instead of the entire species of Pokemon acquiring changes throughout an extended period of time, one specific member of the species grows instantly to the "higher stage." (To be more specific, the Pokemon glows before transforming into the new form, then stops glowing.) The changes can be quite dramatic...or not.

This comic depicts the "evolution" of a bacteria as observed by a Biologist in the same format as the game Pokemon. Here we have Staphylococcus Aureus, which is not a desirable bacterium (it causes Staph infections) which evolves into "Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus". Methicillin is an anti-biotic. If the bacteria becomes resistant, it means the anti-biotic will not kill the bacteria, and infections become harder to treat. Thus, the observer is not pleased with such an evolution.


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Transcript

[bacterial cell culture]
What?
Staphylococcus Aureus is evolving!
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Off-screen: Aww, crap.
Staphylococcus Aureus evolved into Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus!
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Discussion

Bacteria can indeed "instantly" evolve within a generation instead of waiting for its descendents. It's called horizontal gene transfer and it's the primary mechanism for the propagation of antibiotic resistance. --Prooffreader (talk) 13:07, 14 December 2012 (UTC)

Its sentences like that which make Microbiologists my heros. DanB (talk) 14:25, 14 December 2012 (UTC)

Should there be a reference to Arceus (the "ultimate creator Pokémon") here? I do not mean this for making a joke; I just thought that the coincidence can be appropriate here, since the bacteria is called "Aureus". Greyson (talk) 15:48, 14 December 2012 (UTC)

The evolved form looks the same to me. --178.26.121.97 07:54, 15 December 2012 (UTC)

Because the difference is internal, in antibiotic resistance --JakubNarebski (talk) 11:56, 15 December 2012 (UTC)
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