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Source: NIH and Sabine Petry’s team at Princeton

Simply the Coolest Biologic Video Ever

Robin Young • Tue, July 11th, 2017

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What could be more patriotic than some biologic fireworks courtesy of the National Institutes of Health and one of their NIH funded teams?

Hats off to the kick-ass team led by Sabine Petry, Ph.D. at Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey. As part of their study of the dynamics of microtubules, the researchers created a time-lapse video of fluorescence-tagged proteins. Using a specialized microscope equipped with a time lapse camera this NIH-funded team captured a critical step in the process of cell division, or mitosis. They showed how filaments called microtubules (red) form new branches (green) and fan out to form mitotic spindles.

The team added pyrotechnic sound effects. And created, truly, the coolest biologic video ever!

Sabine Petry’s team is studying the dynamics of microtubules in a cell-free extract of cytoplasm taken from the egg of an African clawed frog (Xenopus laevis). Petry’s ultimate goal is to learn how to build mitotic spindles, molecule by molecule, in the lab. Such an achievement would mark a major step forward in understanding the complicated mechanics of cell division, which, when disrupted, can cause cancer and many other health problems.

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