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by Pat Ryan
To recap, stem cells are coerced into specialization as a byproduct of endless bacteriophage and virus flow perpetually offsetting the magnificent exponential power of mitosis. Having one universal cell for all time proved to be impossible due to potentially fatal delays in energy availability.
AKA energy isn’t universally abundant for the singular cell and so pressures selected for different cellular strategies. Mitosis speed variation, thickness in membranes, organelle placement and function, replication techniques, DNA structure, RNA methodology, etc. Each variable tuned ever so slightly per generation and tested under the crucible of entropy and bacteriophage. Specialization was inevitable under these circumstances.
Cells do “cooperate” in a manner that their structural biases assume other systemic pressures will be reliably available. For example, most cells don’t handle their own immunological defensiveness because they have grown to assume an immune system is actively on the job. This is less a “cooperation” in an empathy sense and more of a “we don’t know any better, we just do one thing” ecosystem adapting to its own metastructure.