The Cell

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In this Very Short Introduction, Terrence Allen and Graham Cowling offer an illuminating account of the nature of cells--their basic structure, forms, division, signaling, and programmed death. Allen and Cowling start with the simple "prokaryotic" cell--cells with no nucleus--and show how the bodies of more complex plants and animals consist of billions of "eukaryotic" cells, of varying kinds, adapted to fill different roles--red blood cells, muscle cells, branched neurons. The authors also show that each cell ...
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In this Very Short Introduction, Terrence Allen and Graham Cowling offer an illuminating account of the nature of cells--their basic structure, forms, division, signaling, and programmed death. Allen and Cowling start with the simple "prokaryotic" cell--cells with no nucleus--and show how the bodies of more complex plants and animals consist of billions of "eukaryotic" cells, of varying kinds, adapted to fill different roles--red blood cells, muscle cells, branched neurons. The authors also show that each cell is an astonishingly complex chemical factory, the activities of which we have only begun to unravel in the past fifty years.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199578757
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2011
  • Series: Very Short Introductions Series
  • Pages: 152
  • Sales rank: 693,053
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Terence Allen does research in Cell Structure and Function at the Paterson Institute for Cancer Research, Christie Hospital Manchester. Graham Cowling has been director and teacher at the Medical School, University of Manchester.

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Table of Contents

1. Recognising the cell
2. The structure of the cell
3. Cell division, differentiation, and death
4. Special cells for special jobs
5. Stem cells
6. Ethics, politics, and regulation
7. Celluar therapy
8. The future is now

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