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Image of the Day: Metastatic Moment
Image of the Day: Metastatic Moment

Image of the Day: Metastatic Moment

A human breast cancer cell divides as it moves through surrounding blood vessel cells in vitro.

Carolyn Wilke

ABOVE: MAXINE LAM

Researchers have captured a human breast cancer cell at a particularly nefarious moment, dividing on the go. The cancer cell, lit up in pink, makes some space around itself as it moves among blood vessel cells, colored yellow and cyan, during a process called extravasation by which cancerous cells strike out from blood vessels and into new tissues. Within the cell, the DNA glows white, having condensed into rods in the course of cell division. This image, in vitro, won first place in a contest run by The Institute of Cancer Research. 

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