Understanding the mechanics of cancer cell division

This image shows a human cell in the process of mitosis as it divides in two. It was taken using a fluorescence microscope and reveals the chromosomes, on which the entire human genome is encoded. The chromosomes (blue) are moved into the centre of the cell through the action of fibrous microtubules (green) and attach to the chromosomes through specialised protein structures, called kinetochores (red). This stage of mitosis is known as metaphase, following which the duplicated chromosomes will be pulled apart to opposite ends of the cell before the cell cleaves in two.

Professor Andrew Fry Molecular and Cell Biology


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