The importance of being big.

Abstract

The ultimate stem cell, the oocyte, is frequently very large. For example, Drosophila and Xenopus oocytes are approximately 10(5) times larger than normal somatic cells. Importantly, once the large oocytes are fertilized, the resulting embryonic cells proliferate rapidly. Moreover, these divisions occur in the absence of cell growth and are not governed by… (More)

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