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A mutated cell with a spiky membrane
Mutations in Autism-Linked Gene Cause Membrane Mischief
Inactivating TAOK1 prompts tentacle-like protrusions to form all over a neuron’s surface, revealing the gene’s role in molding the membrane.
Mutations in Autism-Linked Gene Cause Membrane Mischief
Mutations in Autism-Linked Gene Cause Membrane Mischief

Inactivating TAOK1 prompts tentacle-like protrusions to form all over a neuron’s surface, revealing the gene’s role in molding the membrane.

Inactivating TAOK1 prompts tentacle-like protrusions to form all over a neuron’s surface, revealing the gene’s role in molding the membrane.

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Cross section of an organic cell with intracellular organelles
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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
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