The quantified cell

Avi Flamholz, Rob Phillips, Ron Milo

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The microscopic world of a cell can be as alien to our human-centered intuition as the confinement of quarks within protons or the event horizon of a black hole. We are prone to thinking by analogy - Golgi cisternae stack like pancakes, red blood cells look like donuts - but very little in our human experience is truly comparable to the immensely crowded, membrane-subdivided interior of a eukaryotic cell or the intricately layered structures of a mammalian tissue. So in our daily efforts to understand how cells work, we are faced with a challenge: how do we develop intuition that works at the microscopic scale?

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3497-3500
Number of pages4
JournalMolecular Biology of the Cell
Issue number22
StatePublished - 5 Nov 2014
Externally publishedYes


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