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The cell 

The cell
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The cell
Author(s):

George Banting

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199204854.003.0401

July 30, 2015: This chapter has been re-evaluated and remains up-to-date. No changes have been necessary.

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date: 18 October 2017

This section emphasizes the cell as a dynamic entity. Cells are not simply building blocks that are linked together to create an organism: each cell comprises a dynamic network of interacting macromolecules. Just how dynamic has been brought home by recent advances in cell imaging technologies. A host of multisubunit molecular structures must assemble and disassemble in a highly coordinated, exquisitely regulated, and beautifully choreographed manner in order to ensure the integrity of the cell and to provide its ability to function correctly as a single unit within a large multicellular organism....

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