Creatures of chaos
It’s revision week once again, and while studying my cell bio notes I keep getting distracted by microscopy pictures. The cytoskeleton chapter especially is a personal favorite of mine. I’m constantly amazed by these tiny little cells that build us. Text books with their pretty pictures, or me even with this picture of sand dollar zygotes taken during mitosis, don’t do them justice. Cells are always changing shape, producing vesicles, dividing, migrating, secreting, and they wouldn’t be doing so without their fibrous skeleton which allows them to organize, stretch and move. This wonderful network itself seems fixed, but it’s polymerizing and depolymerizing at all times. We are all complex creatures, able to live because we are made of chaos.
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Agathe of Frontal Cortex