Taking the inventory inside single cells

Despite having an increasingly accurate parts list for biological cells, much is left to discover about how these parts act together to create functional cells, and how distinct individual cells interact to create functional tissues and organs. Biologists are increasingly aware of the cell-to-cell variability in molecule copy numbers—a trend that is revealed by several new techniques, including one that permits counting molecules in single cells.

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Balázsi, G., Collins, J. Taking the inventory inside single cells. Nat Chem Biol 3, 141–142 (2007). https://doi.org/10.1038/nchembio0307-141

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