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Brown University

Perpendicular Perplexity

Caption: Cells ingest things by engulfing them. When a long perpendicular fiber comes near, the cell senses only its tip, mistakes it for a sphere, and begins engulfing something too long to handle.

Credit: Huajian Gao Lab, Brown University

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