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New Technique Sheds Light on the Mysterious Process of Cell Division
May 18, 2011
A new technique that constructs models of primitive cells has demonstrated that the structure of a cell's membrane and cytoplasm may be as important to cell division as a cell's enzymes, DNA or RNA. The study, which will be published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, may provide important clues to how life originated from non-life, and how modern cells came to exhibit complex behaviors.
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