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Active Microtubule Bundle Observed With Fluorescent Microscopy (Image 2)

Illustration demonstrating beating pattern of an active microtubule bundle over one beat cycle

An artist's illustration demonstrating the beating pattern of an active microtubule bundle over one beat cycle. The bundle is superimposed within an air bubble that is decorated with beating, active microtubule bundles along its edge. By studying self-organizing processes in systems of relatively simple components, researchers hope to generate unique insight into the fundamental mechanisms that drive important biological processes like the beating of a sperm's flagella.

This research was supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) (NSF grant DMR 08-20492) at Brandeis University.

To learn more about this research, see the Brandeis University news story Artificial cilia spur new thinking in nanotechnology. (Date of Image: December 2010) [See related image Here.]


Credit: Timothy Sanchez, David Welch, Daniela Nicastro and Zvonimir Dogic, AAAS

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