Seeing Cellular Machinery

Posted on November 15, 2005  Comments (0)

kinetochore rings are visibly bound to the microtubules. An electron microscope image generated by the Nogales Lab, where kinetochore rings are visibly bound to the microtubules, from Seeing Cellular Machinery article from the always interesting ScienceMatters@Berkeley.

A cell is perhaps the most complex factory in the world. The basic structural and functional unit of all life, cells convert nutrients to energy, perform highly specialized tasks based on instructions stored in their DNA, and reproduce themselves. How are these feats accomplished though? UC Berkeley biologist Eva Nogales is using electron microscopy to watch some of these cellular mechanisms in action.

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