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What determines cell size?

  • Wallace F Marshall1Email author,
  • Kevin D Young2,
  • Matthew Swaffer3,
  • Elizabeth Wood3,
  • Paul Nurse3, 4, 5,
  • Akatsuki Kimura6,
  • Joseph Frankel7,
  • John Wallingford8,
  • Virginia Walbot9,
  • Xian Qu10 and
  • Adrienne HK Roeder11
BMC Biology201210:101

Received: 22 November 2012

Accepted: 12 December 2012

Published: 14 December 2012

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Archived Comments

  1. Corrected contact information for Virginia Walbot

    15 January 2013

    Alice Plane, BioMed Central

    Please note the contact address for Virginia Walbot should be: Department of Biology, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305, USA

    Competing interests

    None declared

  2. The neglected genome

    22 January 2013

    Uwe Richter, HU-Berlin

    Thanks for the comprehensive review of some of the modern views and trends in this field. However, I was surprised to not find any mentioning of the second DNA containing organelle in the whole paper. Is this due to the general tendency to neglect the second genome (Pesole et al. EMBO,2012), or have mitochondria and/or their genomes no role for cell size? Cheers.

    Competing interests


Authors’ Affiliations

Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Center for Systems and Synthetic Biology, University of California, San Francisco, USA
Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, USA
Cell Cycle Lab, Cancer Research UK, London Research Institute, London, UK
Laboratory of Yeast Genetics and Biology, The Rockeller University, New York, USA
The Francis Crick Institute, London, UK
Cell Architecture Laboratory, Structural Biology Center, National Institute of Genetics, Yata 1111, Mishima, Japan
Department of Biology, University of Iowa, Iowa City, USA
HHMI & Molecular Cell and Developmental Biology, University of Texas, Austin, USA
Virginia WalbotDepartment of Biology, Stanford University, Stanford, USA
Xian Qu, Cornell University, Ithaca, USA
Cornell University, Ithaca, USA