Active Microtubule Bundle Observed With Fluorescence
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Active Microtubule Bundle Observed With Fluorescence Microscopy (Image 2)

April 29, 2013
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. Studying self-organizing processes in systems of relatively simple components, researchers hope to generate unique insights 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 (DMR 08-20492) Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) 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 Credit: Timothy Sanchez, David Welch, Daniela Nicastro and Zvonimir Dogic, AAAS

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