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April 2, 1955

Recent Developments in Cell Physiology

JAMA. 1955;157(14):1263. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02950310089033

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This book consists of 15 contributions by investigators from Great Britain, Denmark, and Belgium. They should interest biologists concerned with the physiology of the cell. Specialists in the several topics covered will find more technical accounts by many of the same authors in other recent symposiums. Almost all of the papers are introduced for the orientation of the general physiologist, and the presentations are individually excellent. Stimulating hypotheses are freely presented, thus successfully filling a prime but often neglected function of a published symposium. Danielli, Koch, Ussing, and Keynes discuss permeability and membrane structure emphasizing active transport; metabolism of the cell is presented by Yemm with regard to synthesis of amino acids in plants, by Klenow on the biosynthesis of pentoses, by Hoff-Jørgensen on the nucleic acid content of certain eggs, and by Brachet on nuclear control of enzymes; Waddington reviews physiological mechanisms in early development, and Brøndsted presents further

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