Cellular Scaffolding ‘Completely Hypnotic’ Donut Swirls Endlessly in Mesmerizing New Video

Cellular Scaffolding ‘Completely Hypnotic’ Donut Swirls Endlessly in Mesmerizing New Video

A “doughnut” of fascinating cell-forming microtubules moving in sync is among the top entries in Nikon’s annual microscopic video competition.

The microtubules are proteins that form the skeleton of a cell. Their movement is usually chaotic, but when they are constrained to a circular channel, they begin to move together and organize themselves into a coherent flow, according to Ignasi Vélez-Ceron, a doctoral candidate who shot the video with colleagues in the Science Department of Materials and Physical Chemistry at the University of Barcelona in Spain.

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