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Stress-Induced Molecular Globs Boost Bacterial Fitness
Liquid conglomerations of molecules that form in bacterial cells in response to stress promote the cells’ survival, a study finds.
ABOVE: istock, ThomasVogel
Stress-Induced Molecular Globs Boost Bacterial Fitness
Stress-Induced Molecular Globs Boost Bacterial Fitness

Liquid conglomerations of molecules that form in bacterial cells in response to stress promote the cells’ survival, a study finds.

Liquid conglomerations of molecules that form in bacterial cells in response to stress promote the cells’ survival, a study finds.

ABOVE: istock, ThomasVogel

phase separation

Newly Found Proteins Stop Fungal “Bleeding”
Viviane Callier | Nov 12, 2020
Mechanically sensitive proteins called gellins sense and respond to protoplasm flowing out of severed hyphae, quickly sealing up injuries in these root-like structures of fungi.
Infographic: Paraspeckle Form and Function
Archa Fox | Dec 1, 2019
What do scientists know about this membraneless nuclear body discovered less than two decades ago?
What Paraspeckles Can Teach Us About Basic Cell Biology
Archa Fox | Dec 1, 2019
Discovering a new type of subnuclear body taught me how pursuing the unexpected can lead to new insights—in this case, about long noncoding RNAs and liquid-liquid phase separation in cells.
Infographic: What Are Membraneless Organelles?
Michael Crabtree, Tim Nott | Dec 1, 2018
The physical principles that dictate the formation of these subcellular compartments are simple, but they dictate the organelles’ complex functions.