News tagged with cell shape

Putting the squeeze on a cell's nucleus

Nuclear membranes protect genes—life's most precious cargo—but little is known about why they function in different tissue types. For instance, nuclei in brain cells tend to be soft and pliable while ...

dateJun 16, 2015 in Cell & Microbiology
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Upside down and inside out

Researchers have captured the first 3D video of a living algal embryo turning itself inside out, from a sphere to a mushroom shape and back again. The results could help unravel the mechanical processes at ...

dateApr 27, 2015 in General Physics
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Cells eat themselves into shape

The process cells use to 'swallow' up nutrients, hormones and other signals from their environment – called endocytosis – can play a crucial role in shaping the cells themselves, scientists at the European ...

dateAug 09, 2013 in Cell & Microbiology
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