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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.
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A Microscopic Structure Could Make Drugs More Effective in the Fight Against Cancer, Genetic Disorders, and Viral Infections

Led by associate professor of chemistry and chemical biology Ke Zhang, researchers at Northeastern helped design a polymer that can carry drugs targeting genetic diseases around the body.
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How an idea from a lab may change cancer treatments

In recent years, researchers have begun to fight cancer by genetically engineering a patient’s own immune system to target the disease. Quad Technologies, a company that grew out of a Northeastern research lab, has been developing technology to facilitate this process. This summer, Quad Technologies was acquired by a global life sciences company that will help […]