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Studying the Individual Cell

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A cell is just one individual in a population, perhaps making up a tissue or part of a bacterial colony living in the human gut or in the ocean. As an individual, it can be slightly different than its neighbors — and that can lead to some interesting findings, as researchers focusing on single cells have been discovering. "One [reason for studying single cells] is the heterogeneity of cells. They are never quite the same, no matter what you are talking about," says Mike White at the University of Liverpool.

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