Cell self-steer like single-handed circumnavigators

The mechanism of lymphocytes guiding against a flow was shown to use the tail of lymphocyte like a wind vane in a breeze. This wind vane self-steering system is reminiscent ofa system used by sailors to orient their ship with the wind.

This interdisciplinary work between physics, biology and yachting was published in Nature communication: “Lymphocytes can self-steer passively with wind vane uropods” By:Valignat, MP, Negre, P, Cadra, S, Lellouch, AC, Gallet, F, Henon, S, Theodoly, O;NATURE COMMUNICATIONS, 5, 5213, DOI: 10.1038/ncomms6213, OCT 2014.

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