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University of California - San Diego

Movie Shows How Cell Gains Traction during Migration

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Caption: A team of biologists and engineers at UC San Diego applied advanced mathematical tools to answer a basic question in cell biology about how cells move and discovered that the mechanism looks very similar to walking. Starting with an amoeboid Dictyostelium cell, the team found the cell periodically forms and breaks adhesions mainly under two

Credit: Image courtesy of the Journal of Cell Biology and ©2014 Bastounis et al.

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