Friday, December 4, 2009

Quote of the Week: Contradiction

The female germ cell embodies a most profound contradiction. It must be totipotent, containing within itself all the information needed for the development of a new individual. But it must also be highly differentiated in order to carry out the complex functions required of it.

- Anne McLaren, in Germ Cells and Soma: A New Look at an Old Problem (Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 1981)

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