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Diagram showing how old poles from the outside of a mother cell are passed down through generations. 

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Credits: Abigail Malate, staff illustrator. Based on a diagram in "Allocation of gene products to daughter cells is determined by the age of the mother in single Escherichia coli cells," published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

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