Asymmetric Cell Division: A Persistent Issue?

Dev Cell. 2012 Feb 14;22(2):235-6. doi: 10.1016/j.devcel.2012.01.016.

Abstract

Heterogeneity within a clonal population of cells can increase survival in the face of environmental stress. In a recent issue of Science, Aldridge et al. (2012) demonstrate that cell division in mycobacteria is asymmetric, producing daughter cells that differ in size, growth rate, and susceptibility to antibiotics.

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