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Weizmann Institute Scientists Discover How Cells Brace for Starvation

Why do cells have two different pump mechanisms for nutrients?

Prof. Rony Seger. Going through customs
A newly-discovered "customs check" at the nucleus border may have implications for anti-cancer drugs
Prof. Ehud Shapiro.

Charting a cell's family tree can shed light on how cancer develops

Dr. Nir Gov. The physics of fingers, hair and spines
Physics helps explain the formation of spines and bumps on specialized cells 
Top: The cell pulls to maintain a fixed stretch in the gel. Middle: If the gel is externally stretched, the cell can reduce the force it exerts. Bottom: If the gel is alternately stretched and relaxed, the frustrated cell cannot "decide" how much force to exert. This results in the cell orienting perpendicular to the stretch direction
Cells in biomaterials respond to the speed with which the material is stretched
Prof. Benjamin Geiger.

A new international project combines nanoscience and mechanics with biology in a new approach to biomedical research

Left to right: Dr. Atan Gross, Iris Kamer, Dr. Rachel Sarig, Limor Regev, Galia Oberkovitz, Dr. Hagit Niv and Dr. Yehudit Zaltsman. Cellular self-check
One protein is recruited to aid in both cell death and survival
Prof. Jeffrey Gerst (left) and Michael Marash

Studies of secretion in yeast cells yield insight into human disease processes