Simulations of growing stem cells show for the first time how stem cells in worms grow into the egg laying organ of worms, with implications for how we think about cancer. Researchers at Microsoft Research, the universities of Cambridge, Leicester and Zurich used advanced computational tools to develop a mathematical description of the process. This […]Read more "How do you like your eggs in the morning? Worm simulations reveal stem cell behaviour (press release)"
Researchers have discovered the atomic structure of a protein which controls how cells make decisions, and which may cause skin disease and predispose cells to cancer, challenging received wisdom about how it works. The new results suggest that tiny movements, on the scale of a millionth of a millimetre, effectively switch the protein on and […]Read more "Cells behaving badly: discovering a switch that may trigger cancer (press release)"
Animals and plants are made up a cells; small, individual units which talk to one another, make decisions and can break down. The cells behave properly as a result both of the communications between different cells, and their internal state. I’m interested in how cells make these decisions, and how we can bring together lots of different sources […]Read more "How do cells make choices?"