Infrastructure and Activities of Cells


  • . BIOTOL
  • B C Currell, University of Greenwich
  • R C E Dam-Mieras, Open Universiteit of the Netherlands

Cells may be seen as superb 'factories' in so far as they take in one set of chemicals (nutrients) and convert them into new products. Each cell taking in its own set of chemicals and making its own collection of products. Describing the structuralorganisation of cells in both unicellular and multicellular organisms this text considers the organisation and management which lead to these 'factories' operating in a coordinated and functional manner. Reproduction, the one feature special to cellactivities is addressed in detail.
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Individuals seeking orientation in biological sciences, particularly those with chemical/physical or engineering backgrounds


Book information

  • Published: September 1991
  • ISBN: 978-0-7506-1500-6


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Table of Contents

CONTENTS INCLUDE: The architecture of prokaryotic cells; The organisation of eukaryotic cells; The structure and function of membranes; The maintenance of cell shape: the cytoskeleton and the plant cell wall; Chloroplasts and mitochondria; The expression of genetic information I the nucleus; The expression of genetic information II protein synthesis and the genetic code; Cell growth and division; From single cells to multicellular organisms.