The envelope of the nucleus in living cells fluctuates in thickness over a period of a few seconds and changes in these fluctuations indicate the age of the cell, according to a new study.
The research by scientists at New York University took advantage of a state-of-the-art fluorescent microscope that enables them to see extremely small and very fast shape changes of the cell nucleus in living cells.
This allowed them to observe the fluctuations in real time and observe that they become smaller in size as the cell ages, offering for the first time an observable ‘internal clock’ for a cell’s life.
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