A formal model which describes quantitatively how the dimensions of rod-shaped bacteria are determined is presented. It is proposed that the rate of extension in length is proportional to the number of chromosome termini and the diameter to the number of chromosome replication positions, and data in the literature are compared with the theoretical predictions made.
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- Statistics and Probability
- Modeling and Simulation
- Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology (all)
- Immunology and Microbiology (all)
- Agricultural and Biological Sciences (all)
- Applied Mathematics