genetics
genetics

3. Slug

We are one-celled creatures, moving together, drawn by chemical attractions, to form a central mass, a cone-shaped conglomeration of many of us amoebae, at once individual and working as one.

The cone becomes top-heavy and it collapses. Now a slug shape, a grex, we are like a much bigger creature, creeping along the ground.

We move, oh so slowly, on the earth. As a slug we make our way towards a new life, seeking for the place to form our future.

In micro-gravity it is almost impossible to move. In space we stick to filter pads, failing to move at all.

4. Towards culmination

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Helen Whitehead

Part of this work was submitted as the Dissertation for the MA in Writing

at
Nottingham Trent University

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Last amended on 3rd September 1998 / copyright H. M. Whitehead