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Bacteria in Tumors Promote Metastasis in Mice
Microbes living inside cancer cells may help them spread to distant sites by enhancing the cells’ resistance to mechanical stress, a study shows.
Bacteria in Tumors Promote Metastasis in Mice
Bacteria in Tumors Promote Metastasis in Mice

Microbes living inside cancer cells may help them spread to distant sites by enhancing the cells’ resistance to mechanical stress, a study shows.

Microbes living inside cancer cells may help them spread to distant sites by enhancing the cells’ resistance to mechanical stress, a study shows.

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Cell Chirality Offers Clues to the Mystery of Body Asymmetry
Catherine Offord | Feb 1, 2022
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
Researchers use imaging to show how actin fibers tilt and then swirl to create left-right asymmetry in the cell.
Image of the Day: Neon Collective
Carolyn Wilke | Feb 13, 2019
Human lung cancer cells can form an invasive pack that coordinates its movement during metastasis.  
Image of the Day: Cell Scaffolding
The Scientist Staff | Feb 27, 2017
Human embryonic kidney cells use actin cytoskeletal networks to organize proteins on the surfaces of cell membranes.
Image of the Day: New Beginnings
The Scientist Staff | Feb 7, 2017
Water-dwelling hydras may use the structural memory in their cytoskeletons to regenerate after being torn apart. 
Image of the Day: Linked Out
The Scientist Staff | Jan 25, 2017
A study provides the first visual evidence that cytofilaments tunnel through a cell’s nucleus to the extracellular matrix.
Physical Force Upregulates Gene Expression
Alison F. Takemura | Aug 24, 2016
Applying a mechanical force that pulls on a cell stretches chromatin, facilitating transcription, scientists show.
CRISPR Therapy in a Dish
Kerry Grens | Dec 8, 2015
Redirecting the gene-editing tool to modulate gene expression, researchers restore protein function in cells from a child with Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
The Handedness of Cells
Kerry Grens | Jun 17, 2015
Actin—the bones of the cell—has a preference for swirling into a counterclockwise pattern.
Prominent Cell Biologist Dies
Kerry Grens | May 4, 2015
Cytoskeleton specialist Alan Hall was best known for unpacking the roles of Rho GTPases.   
Bones Tell Black Death Story
Rina Shaikh-Lesko | Apr 1, 2014
Ancient skeletons test positive for plague-causing bacteria.
Cell Change Up
Cristina Luiggi | Feb 9, 2012
Imaging cell cytoskeletons during early embryonic development leads researchers to uncover a new regulator of cell shape