Cellular Clutch Control (Sam Reck- Peterson )

Researchers get under the hood of the cell’s automotive machinery

Molecular motors keep us alive. These cellular transport services, built from proteins, circulate essential chemical packages between the heart of the cell, the nucleus, and the cell periphery. In elongated cells such as neurons, this can be a big commute in molecular miles, equivalent to a person walking from Boston to Manhattan. The constant shuttling of materials by motors keeps cells thriving. When the process malfunctions, a host of neurological diseases can occur. read more