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Ingredients of the Simplest Cells

Prokaryotes and the sizes of their contents

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Cells are small. To see them you need a microscope, and to see theircontents in detail you need an electron microscope. Objects so minute that they cannot be seen with the naked eye are - by definition - remote from everyday experience. This makes it hard to grasp the scale of cells and their contents. And without a grasp of scale it is impossible to acquire a clear mental picture of a cell.

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Agutter, P.S., Wheatley, D.N. (2007). Ingredients of the Simplest Cells. In: About Life. Springer, Dordrecht. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-5418-1_2

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