Cell division by swelling stresses
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It is demonstrated that, if the variations of viscosity throughout a cell are considered, swelling stresses may produce elongation and division. To do this it is necessary to generalize Betti's theorem to cover systems containing viscosity gradients and such a generalization is presented.
On the basis of two special assumptions it is shown that most of the results of the diffusion drag theory of cell division may be duplicated by the present theory.
KeywordsCell Division Viscous Liquid Surface Force Betti Equivalence Theorem
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