Cultural Upheaval

Mike Lovett

In associate professor Daniela Nicastro’s biology lab, single-celled green algae known as Chlamydomonas get shaken up in a culturing box to improve their growth rates. The Nicastro lab studies cilia and flagella, the whip-like tails that propel cells through their watery world. Studying flagellates can show how mucus is cleared from the human trachea, for instance, or how mutations result in ciliary diseases.

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