|Illustration: A. Canamucio|
As the number of completed genome sequences increases, we are on the verge of having detailed inventories of the genes and proteins from which cells are built, along with insights into the evolution of their complexity. Pending advances in stem cell research, cell and tissue engineering, gene therapy, genetic engineering, and cloning of plants and animals build on our understanding of cell biology and pose crucial ethical and public policy issues. Cell biology will affect our lives as profoundly in this century as...
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