In honor of last year's 40th anniversary of the American Society of Cell biology, the society supported the creation of a book called Landmark Papers in Cell Biology, a collection of 42 papers from the last 40 years. According to Joseph G. Gall, a member of the embryology department at Washington, D.C.'s Carnegie Institution and one of the book's editors, Landmark is not meant to be completely comprehensive nor definitive. Based on the recommendations from the editorial board of the ASCB journal Molecular Biology of the Cell, from other experts in the field, and using their own discretion, Gall, an expert in nuclear cytology, and University of Colorado cell biology professor J. Richard McIntosh, an expert in cytoplasmic cytology, did their best to put together a representative group of papers. Gall notes that to make the volume manageable, they focused only on eukaryotic research and included...

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