A new breast cancer drug is turning heads in the hard-to-faze pharmaceutical industry. But before it was on the minds of patients, doctors, and pharmaceutical executives, the compound was just an idea at the center of a complex mystery being pursued independently by two researchers who, by a stroke of luck, met on a bus after leaving a science meeting some 25 years ago.
By zeroing in on cells as they are squeezed and stretched in real time, researchers are untangling the developmental consequences of force generation, propagation, and detection. The research is not only yielding new insights into animal and plant morphology, but it may also lead to new tricks for controlling plant architecture or for halting cancer’s spread.
Neuroscience is drowning in data. Fortunately, theoretical and computational neuroscientists at Janelia are working to build lifeboats and lighthouses for other scientists to help them navigate this tsunami of statistics.
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