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p. 81. Cellslocked

  • Lewis Wolpert


Development results from the coordinated behaviour of cells and is almost entirely determined by which proteins the cell contains. ‘Cells’ discusses the major processes involved in development: pattern formation; morphogenesis or change in form; cell differentiation; and growth. Basic cell activities involved in development, such as how to respond to external signals, to divide into two, or to move, are the result of interactions within a population of many different proteins whose composition varies over time and between different locations in the cell. To understand how genes control embryonic development, the genes that are critically and specifically involved in controlling development must be identified.

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