9780199578757

The Cell: A Very Short Introduction

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  • ISBN13:

    9780199578757

  • ISBN10:

    0199578753

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2011-11-01
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Summary

In thisVery 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.

Author Biography


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.

Table of Contents

List of illustrationsp. xi
The nature of cellsp. 1
The structure of cellsp. 17
The nucleusp. 45
The life of cellsp. 60
What cells can dop. 79
Stem cellsp. 98
Cellular therapyp. 111
The future of cell researchp. 122
Further readingp. 129
Glossaryp. 131
Indexp. 135
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