How cells establish, maintain, and modulate size has always been an area of great interest and fascination. Until recently, technical limitations curtailed our ability to understand the molecular basis of bacterial cell size control. In the past decade, advances in microfluidics, imaging, and high-throughput single-cell analysis, however, have led to a flurry of work revealing size to be a highly complex trait involving the integration of three core aspects of bacterial physiology: metabolism, growth, and cell cycle progression.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)499-517
Number of pages19
JournalAnnual review of microbiology
StatePublished - Sep 8 2017


  • Cell cycle
  • Cell size
  • Homeostatic control
  • Sizer
  • Timer


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