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The Cell Surface: Mediator of Developmental Processes

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The Cell Surface: Mediator of Developmental Processes contains the papers presented at the 38th Symposium of the Society for Developmental Biology, held at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada in June 1979.

The compendium is divided into three parts. The first part provides a summary of the status of the knowledge about the cell surface, which includes the plasma membrane, its associated cytoskeleton and the variety of surface-associated macromolecules. The second portion focuses on the early development of the cell surface. A wide spectrum of techniques, systems, and results in the study of the cell surface are presented. The last part shows a variety of experimental systems in which the cell surface figures prominently in important developmental events. The results from experiments on plant symbiosis, mammalian teratocarcinomas, adhesion and cell shape, and various extracellular macromolecules are detailed extensively.

Cytologists, microbiologists, biologists, and other scientists in allied fields will find the publication very insightful.

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