Shouldn't this be fused with the entry for axoneme, or, if both terms are not exactly overlapping, could someone explain the difference?
I guess they could be merged, although the terms are not identical (though overlapping, e.g. the axoneme forms out of the basal body). Other merge candidates might be centriole, centrosome and microtubule organizing center (MTOC), with MTOC being the main page. - tameeria 19:08, 24 April 2007 (UTC)
Addendum: I've proposed a merge with MTOC, though I don't think axoneme would fit there as well. - tameeria 19:21, 24 April 2007 (UTC)
The basal body and the axoneme are entirely functionally and even structurally distinct. The basal body tmeplates the axoneme, but that does not mean they are the same thing. Not at all!
So far as mergers are concerned: centriole and centrosome could be merged, but Basal body should be kept separate as should spindle pole body. MTOC is a collective noun for the above, but that doesn't mean that they should all be merged. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 220.127.116.11 (talk • contribs) 13:51, 21 June 2007
I'm proposing to merge this with kinetosome as the two articles talk about the same structure. - tameeria (talk) 14:05, 24 January 2008 (UTC)
Support the merge. Kienetosome has only a little information, and is not frequently edited. It would make, perhaps, a good section in the basal body article. N2e (talk) 18:28, 30 June 2008 (UTC)
Clarifying my recommendation: I'm okay with a merge of the articles. But as it stands, the basal body article is the stronger of the two articles today. Thus, it seems that Basal body is the article to keep when the merge is done. I do know that "basal body" is a common term in both the technical literature I've read in putting together an article on ciliopathies and it is also used in more accessible lay literature such as The Importance of Being Cilia which is referenced in both the Ciliopathy article as well as in the Cilia article. N2e (talk) 18:52, 8 January 2009 (UTC)
Support - According the Encyclopaedia Britannica the words are used interchangeably. Jack (talk) 17:32, 8 January 2009 (UTC)
Support - It even says that it is sometimes known as a kinetosome. Dogposter 22:20, 9 December 2009 (UTC)
Strong Support - From Foundations of Parasitology, 8th edition page 47; "The axoneme arises from a kinetosomes (basal body), which is ultrastructurally indistinguishable from centrioles of other eukaryotic cells . . ." The book treats the terms as interchangeable on a couple of other occasions as well. Also, I just looked up kinetosome with the dictionary on my computer, which reads; "noun, another term for basal body." I'd merge them myself if I knew how. ManfromButtonwillow (talk) 08:17, 28 February 2010 (UTC)