Structure and Properties of the Cell Surface Complex

  • Edmund Jack Ambrose
  • J. S. Osborne
  • P. R. Stuart
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Great advances have been made in recent years towards an understanding of the biochemistry and molecular biology of cellular synthesis. The role of deoxyribose nucleic acid as the carrier of genetic information, of ribose nucleic acids in the transcription and translation of this message and the function of the ribosomal complex in protein synthesis has become known in considerable detail. In spite of this progress the nature of life itself remains a mystery, because living cells, even the smallest cells of microplasms and bacteria, are able to maintain a highly integrated system of functioning units, which is nevertheless labile and capable of undergoing cyclic and other changes.


Sialic Acid Lipid Layer Neuraminic Acid Cell Electrophoresis Freeze Substitution 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1970

Authors and Affiliations

  • Edmund Jack Ambrose
    • 1
  • J. S. Osborne
    • 2
  • P. R. Stuart
    • 2
  1. 1.Chester Beatty Research InstituteLondonEngland
  2. 2.National Physical LaboratoryTeddingtonEngland

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