What's Behind Cellular Morphing?
Image by Le Ma
Cell biology does not usually
remind one of stargazing. But as Le Ma, in a darkened
room, mixes two pinhead-size drops of clear liquid
onto a coverslip, a view quite like the night sky
opens up under the microscope, complete with stars
and comets. Comets? Yes, luminous tails appear against
a black background dotted with bright points, and
successive pictures taken over the course of some
10 minutes actually show those tails shooting along
in curved trajectories (see image inside).
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