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The dance of the cancer cells

Ruffled membranes allow them to outpace other cells in gooey environments.

Photo by Jill Burrow: https://www.pexels.com/photo/abstract-background-of-wavy-gel-fluids-with-smooth-texture-6402532/

Imagine swimming in two pools, one filled with water and the other with honey. You’re less likely to be breaking any world records in the honey-filled pool.

Curiously, researchers found that some cells actually move faster in thicker, more viscous fluids. In some cases, this is good: wound-healing fibroblasts can…

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River D'Almeida, Ph.D

River D'Almeida, Ph.D

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