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How Intracellular Bacteria Hijack Your Cells
Scientists studying pathogens such as Chlamydia, Legionella, and Listeria get a master class in how to control the internal workings of mammalian cells.
How Intracellular Bacteria Hijack Your Cells
How Intracellular Bacteria Hijack Your Cells

Scientists studying pathogens such as Chlamydia, Legionella, and Listeria get a master class in how to control the internal workings of mammalian cells.

Scientists studying pathogens such as Chlamydia, Legionella, and Listeria get a master class in how to control the internal workings of mammalian cells.

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Illustration showing how some intracellular bacteria, such as <em >Legionella pneumophila</em>, manipulate the cell&#39;s membranes for their own good
Infographic: Intracellular Bacteria’s Tricks for Host Manipulation 
Catherine Offord | Dec 1, 2022 | 2 min read
Various microbes, including several human pathogens, hijack the cell’s skeleton, membranes, and protein-making machinery to make themselves at home.
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Cancer Cells Gather Speed in Thicker Fluids
Holly Barker | Nov 22, 2022 | 4 min read
Viscous solutions accelerate the migration of tumor cells and may enable metastasis, according to a new study.
Image of an abstract fractal blue and green sea shell.
Cell Chirality Offers Clues to the Mystery of Body Asymmetry
Catherine Offord | Feb 1, 2022 | 10+ min read
Researchers explore the idea that molecular patterns in individual cells could underlie the development of a left and a right in animals.
Illustration of fibers in a cell twisting
Infographic: The Emergence of Chirality in the Cell Cytoskeleton
Catherine Offord | Feb 1, 2022 | 1 min read
Researchers use imaging to show how actin fibers tilt and then swirl to create left-right asymmetry in the cell.
Derek Applewhite’s Actin Research Inspires the Next Generation
Lisa Winter | Mar 1, 2021 | 4 min read
The biologist’s undergraduate-centered lab allows students to play a meaningful role in research.
Image of the Day: Artificial Cell
Sukanya Charuchandra | May 31, 2018 | 1 min read
Researchers made a synthetic cell that can photosynthesize and make proteins crucial for cellular structure. 
Image of the Day: Lysosomes Go Traveling
The Scientist Staff | Aug 8, 2017 | 1 min read
To chew up waste in far-reaching dendritic spines, lysosomes are trafficked sometimes hundreds of microns away from the cell bodies of neurons in rats. 
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