A hitherto unseen matrix involved in cell division is revealed

Cell division has been fascinating researchers for decades. This process could not occur without the spindle to organise the chromosomes neatly in two sets, one for each daughter cell. It’s commonly accepted that the spindle is formed by a series of filaments that puts chromosomes into place, but there may be more to it than that. This is certainly the belief from Dr Jørgen Johansen and Dr Kristen Johansen’s lab at Iowa State University, whose work is starting to point towards a spindle matrix embedding the spindle and that contributes to reliable cell division.

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