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Skin cancer cells from a mouse show how cells attach at contact points

Catherine and James Galbraith, Oregon Health and Science University, Knight Cancer Institute

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Skin cancer cells from a mouse 

These skin cancer cells come from a mouse, an animal commonly used to study human diseases (including many types of cancer) and to test the effectiveness of drugs. The two cells shown here are connected by actin (green), a protein in the cellular skeleton. Although actin is required by many cells for normal movement, it also enables cancer cells to spread to other parts of the body.

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