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Alberts B, Johnson A, Lewis J, et al. Molecular Biology of the Cell. 4th edition. New York: Garland Science; 2002.

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Molecular Biology of the Cell. 4th edition.

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Figure 9-27. A three-dimensional reconstruction from serial sections.

Figure 9-27A three-dimensional reconstruction from serial sections

Single thin sections sometimes give misleading impressions. In this example, most sections through a cell containing a branched mitochondrion seem to contain two or three separate mitochondria. Sections 4 and 7, moreover, might be interpreted as showing a mitochondrion in the process of dividing. The true three-dimensional shape, however, can be reconstructed from serial sections.

From: Looking at the Structure of Cells in the Microscope

Copyright © 2002, Bruce Alberts, Alexander Johnson, Julian Lewis, Martin Raff, Keith Roberts, and Peter Walter; Copyright © 1983, 1989, 1994, Bruce Alberts, Dennis Bray, Julian Lewis, Martin Raff, Keith Roberts, and James D. Watson .

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