Cell Theory

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The cell theory is the guiding doctrine about cells and living organisms. Proposed almost 200 years ago, it states that living organisms are made up of one or more cells and that growth and development results from the division and differentiation of cells. This makes the cell the basic structural unit of life. Today, after years of testing and debate, scientists almost universally accept this scientific concept. Readers will gain an understanding of the cell theory by tracing the history of its development, from...

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Overview

The cell theory is the guiding doctrine about cells and living organisms. Proposed almost 200 years ago, it states that living organisms are made up of one or more cells and that growth and development results from the division and differentiation of cells. This makes the cell the basic structural unit of life. Today, after years of testing and debate, scientists almost universally accept this scientific concept. Readers will gain an understanding of the cell theory by tracing the history of its development, from the discovery of the cell through the investigations used to prove its accuracy.

Science Foundations explores the many methods scientists, use to understand our world and the universe beyond. The titles in this series cover many important topics central to the study of earth, physical, chemical, and biological sciences, while presenting these subjects in an easy-to-read, functional style. From the tiniest quantum particle to the expansion of the universe, the books in the Science Foundations series provide excellent supplements to an extensive science curriculum.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604130584
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/2009
  • Series: Science Foundations Series
  • Pages: 104
  • Age range: 11 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction to the Cell Theory 7

2 Tools for Studying Cells 22

3 Developing the Cell Theory 34

4 The Neuron Theory 47

5 DNA and the Cell Theory 55

6 The Life of a Cell 67

7 Applying and Questioning the Cell Theory 78

8 The Cell Theory and Modern Biology 88

Glossary 94

Bibliography 96

Further Resources 97

Picture Credits 98

Index 99

About the Author 104

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