Moving is living

April 27, 2010

Researchers in Vienna describe how cells move

Numerous cells in our bodies are capable of active movement. They use an internal
“motor” coupled with a cunning recycling system. Researchers from IMBA (Institute
of Molecular Biotechnology) and IMP (Institute of Molecular Pathology) in Vienna
have been able to literally freeze this process using cryo-electron tomography and to get a truthful picture of the cell’s internal propulsion system. Their findings, which challenge existing textbook models, make the cover-story of the current issue of the journal Nature Cell Biology.

The Vienna Biocenter in the third district of Vienna has established itself as the premier location for life sciences in Central Europe and is a world-leading international bio-medical research center.


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