A predictive model for bacterial cell division
Correct co-ordination of cell division is essential for the propagation of life through successive generations. Following DNA replication, the prokaryotic cell divides via the formation of a contractile ring at the division plane. The ring is primarily composed of the protein FtsZ. On contraction of the Z-ring, the membrane is pinched inwards and the parent cell is divided into two daughter cells.
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