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The Cell: A Very Short Introduction

The Cell: A Very Short Introduction (Paperback)

By Allen, Terence
By Cowling, Graham

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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 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. Each cell is an astonishingly complex chemical factory, the activities of which we have only begun to unravel in the past fifty years 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 of life, and understanding cells and how they work is central to all biology and medicine.
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ISBN 9780199578757
Released NZ 11 Oct 2011
Publisher Oxford University Press (S3)
Format Paperback
Series Very Short Introductions
Indent title (internationally sourced), allow 8-12 weeks

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ISBN-13 9780199578757
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Status Indent title (internationally sourced), allow 8-12 weeks
Publisher Oxford University Press (S3)
Imprint Oxford University Press
Released 11 Oct 2011
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Allen, Terence
By Cowling, Graham
Series Very Short Introductions
Category Non-Fiction (Child / Teen)
Cellular Biology
Cellular Development
Number of Pages 160
Dimensions Width: 103mm
Height: 167mm
Spine: 21mm
Dewey Code 571.6
Weight 141g
Interest Age 19+ years
Reading Age 19+ years
Library of Congress Cytology, Cells
NBS Text Science & Mathematics: Textbooks & Study Guides
ONIX Text College/higher education