How and why cells grow as rods

@inproceedings{Chang2014HowAW,
  title={How and why cells grow as rods},
  author={Fred Chang and Kerwyn Casey Huang},
  booktitle={BMC Biology},
  year={2014}
}
The rod is a ubiquitous shape adopted by walled cells from diverse organisms ranging from bacteria to fungi to plants. Although rod-like shapes are found in cells of vastly different sizes and are constructed by diverse mechanisms, the geometric similarities among these shapes across kingdoms suggest that there are common evolutionary advantages, which may result from simple physical principles in combination with chemical and physiological constraints. Here, we review mechanisms of… CONTINUE READING
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