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The cell 

The cell
The cell

George Banting

, and J. Paul Luzio

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date: 02 March 2021

The cell is 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 to ensure the integrity of the cell and provide its ability to function correctly as a single unit within a large multicellular organism. This chapter explains how the cell is the fundamental unit of all forms of independent life on this planet, from the simplest single-celled prokaryote to the most complex multicellular eukaryote.

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