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Computerized Model Reveals Details Of How Human Cells Divide

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A cell in the process of dividing.

Allen Institute researchers have developed a new computerized model of human cell division.

Credit: Allan Institute

Researchers at the Allen Institute have developed a visualization of human cell division suitable for professional scientists and inquisitive amateurs.

The model follows the actions of 15 parts of the cell that help tug chromosomes apart during cell division.

The images that result from the model are a composite of 75 representative skin cells.

Each part of the cell was flagged with a fluorescent tag so it can be followed through the stages of the cell cycle.

In addition, the parts are color-coded, so users can keep track of a specific cell component as the data merges into a composite cell.

Said the institute’s Susanne Rafelski, "We're interested in understanding the cell as a whole, so the really big picture view is that we want to put the cell back together with all the mechanistic information that we've been gathering over the years now."

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