Posted on March 14, 2018 in 5x5 Anniversary Feature, ASRC in the News, Structural Biology Initiative
Oil art: Steve Pavlovsky/Liquid Light Lab
Dr. Shana Elbaum-Garfinkle appeared in a recent article from Nature which explores biologists’ growing understanding of how liquid phase separation might impact the development of cancers and other diseases in cells.
“[…] scientists around the world have jumped on the idea that phase separation can explain how cells partition the molecules swarming inside them. These biological droplets could provide crucibles to speed up reactions, or quarantine unwanted or unneeded factors. “It’s one of these in-hindsight, intuitive ideas. The second you hear it, it just makes a lot of sense,” says Shana Elbaum-Garfinkle, a biophysicist at the City University of New York Advanced Science Research Center in New York City.”
Read the full article on Nature: “What lava lamps and vinaigrette can teach us about cell biology”