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What determines cell size?

  • Author(s): Marshall, Wallace F
  • Young, Kevin D
  • Swaffer, Matthew
  • Wood, Elizabeth
  • Nurse, Paul
  • Kimura, Akatsuki
  • Frankel, Joseph
  • Wallingford, John
  • Walbot, Virginia
  • Qu, Xian
  • Roeder, Adrienne HK
  • et al.
Abstract

AbstractFirst paragraph (this article has no abstract) For well over 100 years, cell biologists have been wondering what determines the size of cells. In modern times, we know all of the molecules that control the cell cycle and cell division, but we still do not understand how cell size is determined. To check whether modern cell biology has made any inroads on this age-old question, BMC Biology asked several heavyweights in the field to tell us how they think cell size is controlled, drawing on a range of different cell types. The essays in this collection address two related questions - why does cell size matter, and how do cells control it.

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