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Cell Biology (cytology)

What stops a cell from growing?

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December 13, 2008 8:37PM

There are a number of responses to this question: * If a single-celled organism, then it cannot grow because as the name suggests, it can only grow to one cell. * If there are no centrioles, because the cell cannot produce the spindles neccasary for the chromosomes to line up and so cannot reproduce. * If there is no genetic material (chromosomes/chromatin), because it won't reproduce, because it needs genetic material to make an identical copy and so go through the process of interphase and mitosis to make a new cell and grow.