Imagine you're enjoying a swim in a lake or pond and you get water up your nose well you could be in trouble because that's how they get you Amoeba are single celled organisms and if they get into your head they could eat your brain. They come from the greek word that means "to change." They are made up of many different parts and these part will help them move around.


What is a amoeba made of? it's made of many different parts to help it live.
  • The pseudo pod which are called the false foot because they move out toward a direction and move all the cytoplasm towards that one spot.
  • The cell membrane is very flexible in a amoeba and it makes sure only certain things get in and out.
  • The food vacuole forms when the amoeba needs to store food and waste.
  • Cytoplasm is a jelly like substance that fills the empty space inside a cell that helps it move around and hold everything together.
  • The contractile vacuole makes sure that the amoeba has enough water to live but not too much and gets rid of the extra.
  • The nucleus controls everything in the cell like a brain and makes sure it stays alive.

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How do amoebas affect me and what happens? well what happens doesn't leave you alive to find out. according to webmd amoeba can be found in
  • Warm lakes, ponds, and rock pits
  • Mud puddles
  • Warm, slow-flowing rivers, especially those with low water levels
  • Untreated swimming pools and spas
  • Untreated well water or untreated municipal water
  • Hot springs and other geothermal water sources
  • Thermally polluted water, such as runoff from power plants
  • Aquariums
  • Soil, including indoor dust

The amoeba reproduces in a process called binary fission also known as splitting in two, this is when the cytoplasm simply cuts itself in half and pulls apart to form two of the same organisms (daughter cells). This occurs after the parent amoeba's genetic parts inside the nucleus, is replicated the nucleus half. therefor the genetics are identical in the two daughter cells. If an amoeba is cut in two, the half that has the nucleus can survive and make new cytoplasm. the half without a nucleus soon dies.


If an amoeba gets inside your head it will eat your brain cells. according to webmd if you get ameoba in your brain you could die within 15 days. The symptoms are
  • headache
  • fever
  • stiff neck
  • loss of appetite
  • vomiting
  • crazy thoughts
  • seizures
  • comas


As you can see the Amoeba is a very complex cell it has many functions and it can get in your head and could eat your brain. It is found in warm places with lots of food and it reproduces by splitting in half. so next time you go to a lake or pond watch out for the brain eating amoeba.


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