Shape shifting protocells hint at the mechanics of early life

July 29, 2019 - General

Inspired by the processes of cellular differentiation observed in developmental biology, an interdisciplinary team of researchers at the University of Bristol have demonstrated a new spontaneous approach to building communities of cell-like entities (protocells) using chemical gradients.

Optical (top) and fluorescence (bottom) microscopy images of a protocell community showing four protocell types produced
spontaneously in an…

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