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Author

Beth Dorsey

Date of Award

5-3-1996

Document Type

Restricted Thesis: Campus only access

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Department

Biology

First Advisor

Dr. Brad Goodner

Abstract

Cell polarity and the factors influencing it have recently become the focus of much research for a variety of reasons. Cell polarity, which affects the functions of even the simplest organisms, is determined immediately in early development. Understanding this mechanism could provide insight into other developmental mysteries. Furthermore, cells acting in an assymetric manner usually have functional implications.

Being that cell polarity is a universal phenomena, it is logical to assume that there is a common mechanism for the organization of the cytoskeleton. Preliminary data indicates that this mechanism is most likely a membrane linking protein.

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