Understanding How Cells Invade Tissues

Grant number: 436971 | Funding period: 2007 - 2011

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Abstract

Extending scientific studies to a mathematical level is the way to produce deep understanding and control. Mathematics has been applied less to biology, particularly the biology of development, than to other branches of science, no doubt due to the innate complexity and technical difficulties of seeing and measuring what is actually going on. Labelling, imaging and computational tools to visualise biological processes are only now becoming available. To build our bodies during embryonic development, cells must move; this is called cell migration. The same process occurs throughout life in wound repair. Uncontrolled migration is the hallmark of malignant cancers, where it is called invasion. ..

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