# trace

Status
Not open for further replies.

#### Taka

##### Senior Member
The sentence:

The cell becomes two, then four, and so on, and after a while the last trace is gone.

What exactly does "the last trace" mean? Why not just "the trace" but "the last trace"??

#### Casiopea

##### VIP Member
Taka said:
The sentence:

The cell becomes two, then four, and so on, and after a while the last trace is gone.

What exactly does "the last trace" mean? Why not just "the trace" but "the last trace"??

Biology
The cell divided into two cells, then it divides into four cells, and so on, after a while the last trace element of the original cell is gone.

#### Taka

##### Senior Member
Ah! I thought that should be the first trace. So I counted down...

#### Casiopea

##### VIP Member
Taka said:
Ah! I thought that should be the first trace. So I counted down...

Wow. I see what you mean. Cool! 8)

#### Taka

##### Senior Member
But wrong, huh? :lol:

#### Mister Micawber

##### Key Member
Actually, it's a little strange, Taka-- could you check the source and tell me 'the last trace of what'?

#### Casiopea

##### VIP Member
Taka said:
But wrong, huh? :lol:

Yes and No. "No" in that trace means, trace element (i.e., the trace element has been redistributed to the point that is it no longer quantifiable) and, "Yes", because Quantum mechanics would have a thing or two to say about how to quantify such things.

#### Taka

##### Senior Member
Mister Micawber said:
Actually, it's a little strange, Taka-- could you check the source and tell me 'the last trace of what'?

It's Lewis Thomas' essay "Death in the Open," a section of his now famous book, Lives of a Cell.

http://empirezine.com/newwave/1.htm

#### Mister Micawber

##### Key Member
Lewis Thomas said:
...there are some creatures that do not seem to die at all; they simply vanish into their own progeny. single cells do this. the cell becomes two, then four, and so on, and after a while the last trace is gone. it cannot be see[n] as death; barring mutation, the descendants are simply the first cell, living all over again.

Thanks, Taka-- so, a 'trace' is 'a slight evidence' of the original cell, and the 'last trace' is just that: the final evidence of the original cell (as an entity) disappears eventually, down the generations.

#### Casiopea

##### VIP Member
Mister Micawber said:
Lewis Thomas said:
...there are some creatures that do not seem to die at all; they simply vanish into their own progeny. single cells do this. the cell becomes two, then four, and so on, and after a while the last trace is gone. it cannot be see[n] as death; barring mutation, the descendants are simply the first cell, living all over again.

Thanks, Taka-- so, a 'trace' is 'a slight evidence' of the original cell, and the 'last trace' is just that: the final evidence of the original cell (as an entity) disappears eventually, down the generations.

I couldn't have said it better myself. :up: Hey, wait a minute! I did:

Casiopea said:
Biology
The cell divided into two cells, then it divides into four cells, and so on, after a while the last trace element of the original cell is gone.

:?:

#### Mister Micawber

##### Key Member
Just clarifying, Cass-- 'trace element' also has a discrete definition, as you know.

#### Taka

##### Senior Member
Mister Micawber said:
Just clarifying, Cass-- 'trace element' also has a discrete definition, as you know.

Thank you, teachers!

(FYI, Mister Micawber, Cas is from the same country as yours, Canada.)

#### Casiopea

##### VIP Member
Mister Micawber said:
Just clarifying, Cass-- 'trace element' also has a discrete definition, as you know.

Clarification is a good thing. Making reference to previous posts is also a good thing. Both give the reader a better picture. 8)

All the best,

#### Mister Micawber

##### Key Member
Then no doubt she is as mellow and laid-back as I am, Taka.

#### Taka

##### Senior Member
Mister Micawber said:
Then no doubt she is as mellow and laid-back as I am, Taka.

By the way, strictly, there is a trace left in every cell, DNA, right?

#### Casiopea

##### VIP Member
Taka said:
Mister Micawber said:
Just clarifying, Cass-- 'trace element' also has a discrete definition, as you know.

Thank you, teachers!

(FYI, Mister Micawber, Cas is from the same country as yours, Canada.)

You're welcome, and Thank You.

MM's contributions are wonderful. :up:

Status
Not open for further replies.