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Nearly all mammalian cells have what's called a primary cilium "” a single, stump-like rod projecting from the smooth contours of the cell's outer membrane. Unlike its more flamboyant cousins, the motile cilia, which beat industriously in packs to clear our airways of mucous or to shuttle a fertilized egg to the uterus, the primary cilium just "¦ sits there. Like a bump on a log. In fact, it looks so useless that, until recently, many scientists considered it to be just a...
- Bad luck; misfortune.
- The smallest amount possible or the most worthless thing.