The cell : a very short introduction (Very Short Introduction) (#0187ZU3)

by Allen, Terence D

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Paperback Oxford University Press, 2011
Price: USD 7.76
Description: 145 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm.
Dewey: 571.6; Int Lvl: AD


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Includes bibliographical references (page 129-130) and index.;The nature of cells -- The structure of cells -- The nucleus -- The life of cells -- What cells can do -- Stem cells -- Cellular therapy -- The future of cell research. A concise introduction to the cell, the simplest unit of self-contained living organism, discussing their basic structure, the varying forms, their division, the difference of stem cells, their signaling, and programmed death.

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All living things on Earth are composed of cells. A cell is the simplest unit of a self-contained living organism, and the vast majority of life on Earth consists of single-celled microbes, mostly bacteria. These consist of a simple "prokaryotic" cell, with no nucleus. The bodies of morecomplex plants and animals consist of billions of "eukaryotic" cells, of varying kinds, adapted to fill different roles - red blood cells, muscle cells, branched neurons. Each cell is an astonishingly complex chemical factory, the activities of which we have only begun to unravel in the past fiftyyears or so through modern techniques of microscopy, biochemistry, and molecular biology.In this Very Short Introduction, Terrence Allen and Graham Cowling describe the nature of cells - their basic structure, their varying forms, their division, their differentiation from initially highly flexible stem cells, their signalling, and programmed death. Cells are the basic constituent oflife, and understanding cells and how they work is central to all biology and medicine.

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication Date: November 1, 2011
  • Format: Paperback
  • Series: Very short introductions ; 285
  • Dewey: 571.6
  • Classifications: Nonfiction
  • Description: 145 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm.
  • Tracings: Cowling, Graham.
  • ISBN-10: 0-19-957875-3
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-19-957875-7
  • LCCN: 2011-293450
  • Follett Number: 0187ZU3
  • Interest Level: AD

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