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The glycocalyx, a wondrous sight,
A sugar-coated veil so bright,
Adorned upon each cell and tissue,
A tiny universe, so rich and issue.
It shields and protects, a guardian true,
Against invaders, it stays in queue,
A line of defense, a natural wall,
A barrier strong, it stands tall.
But beyond its role in defense,
It has a deeper significance,
A signal of self, a molecular code,
Identifying each cell, a unique mode.
It is a communicator, a messenger too,
Passing on signals, with precision and hue,
A language of sugars, so complex and vast,
Interpreted by cells, a dialogue so fast.
The glycocalyx, a wonder indeed,
A symphony of sugars, a mystical breed,
A symbol of life, a harmony of parts,
A story untold, yet close to our hearts.
-Poem by ChatGPT