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The Cell: A Very Short Introduction

Terence Allen and Graham Cowling

September 2011

ISBN: 9780199578757

160 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Very Short Introductions

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In this Very Short Introduction, Terence Allen and Graham Cowling describe the nature of cells - their basic structure, their varying forms, their division, their differentiation, 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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In this Very Short Introduction, Terence Allen and Graham Cowling describe the nature of cells - their basic structure, their varying forms, their division, their differentiation, 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.

  • Explains the life-cycle of the cell from division to death, outlining why and how this happens
  • From bacteria to mammals the authors discuss the structure, functions, varieties, and evolution of all cells
  • Looks at how similar the architectural structures of cellular organization is across the entire plant and animal kingdoms throughout the living world
  • Part of the bestselling Very Short Introductions series - over three million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Terence Allen, Honorary Professor of Structural Cell Biology, Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences, University of Manchester, and Graham Cowling, University of Manchester and The Paterson Institute for Cancer Research

Professor Terence Allen's career spanned 40 years research in Cell Structure and Function at the Paterson Institute for Cancer Research, Christie Hospital Manchester, and the University of Manchester. His special research interests included the mechanisms controlling cell shape, cell replacement in blood skin and gut tissues, and the structure of chromosomes. He has published in excess of 200 papers in peer-reviewed journals and is a member of the British Society for Cell Biology, the Biochemical Society and the Royal Microscopial Society.

Dr Graham Cowling has been director and teacher on a Masters programme in oncology and postgraduate tutor for research students in cancer studies at the Medical School, Univeristy of Manchester, for the past ten years. He has written a number of research papers and contributed reviews and chapters to books.

Table of Contents

    1:Recognising the cell
    2:The structure of the cell
    3:Cell division, differentiation, and death
    4:Special cells for special jobs
    5:Stem cells
    6:Ethics, politics, and regulation
    7:Celluar therapy
    8:The future is now

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