Division of Labor in Cells

Division of Labor in Cells

Division of Labor in Cells

Division of Labor in Cells

Excerpt

Division of labor in cells is a study that provides intriguing problems for both experimental and theoretical scientists. During the last few years new cytological techniques have been developed which have fundamentally altered our approach to research in the field.

Through use of these techniques considerable light has been shed upon the complexities of cell structure and function, but so much remains to be learned that in some instances discoveries serve chiefly to open up new vistas for research and to point out still more challenging unresolved problems.

This volume is concerned with the relationships between structure and the chemical and biochemical composition of cells in general and of several specialized types of cells. It has been planned as a brief synthesis of certain aspects of modern cell biology that will provide some biochemical background for graduate students in biology and anatomy and a morphological basis for graduate students in biochemistry. It is hoped that it will find a niche in the libraries not only of general biologists but also of pathologists and others who are interested in cell biology.

Division of labor is evidenced by the way in which the various parts of the cell perform important but different functions according to the task for which each is structurally and chemically suited. For example, the nucleolus synthe-

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