An important aspect of growth is ribosome biogenesis. The ribosome is the molecular machine that is responsible for protein synthesis hence growth. What still remains unclear is the contribution of rRNA and ribosomal proteins to tissue and body growth in developing animals.
<p>Using <i>Drosophila</i> as a model system, the experiments described showed that mutations in certain ribosomal proteins result in no change or an increase in overall body size of <i>Drosophila</i> pupae.
<p>The results showed a link to delayed development to the pupal stage, suggesting an explanation to the increased body size.
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Sikta, S. "Examining how ribosomal proteins affect growth and body size". 9th Annual Students' Union Undergraduate Research Symposium, November 27, 2014. University of Calgary, Calgary, AB.