And that got me thinking about Jonathan Swift’s rhapsody on fleas:
So nat’ralists observe, a flea
Has smaller fleas that on him prey;
And these have smaller fleas to bite ’em.
And so proceeds ad infinitum.
With apologies to Swift, here’s my rhapsody to the LTEE:
So ‘lutionists observe, a cell
Had older cells from which it came;
And these had older cells beget ’em.
So life proceeds and don’t forget ‘em.