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Top row: A transition from normal epithelial cells in a honeycomb pattern (top left) to shifted cells. This transition leads to increasing disorder in their shapes. Bottom row: Simulated patterns from the theoretical vertex model recapitulate cell shapes and topologies.
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These Cells Protect Your Organs, but Cancer May Send Them Running. Here’s a Theory Why.

Assistant Professor of Physics Max Bi helped develop a model of cell behavior, explaining why certain conditions cause epithelial cells to transition from a solid to a fluid-like state.