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Choreography of the Moving Cell: Self-Organization and Catastrophe, 2009-2010

Catastrophic changes are constantly occurring inside the body, even at the subcellular level of self-assembled rods known as microtubules. Even as molecules violently collide, microtubules still form, but then ultimately collapse. The rise and fall of microtubules is essential to move chromosomes and to sustain a growing neuron. This project combines cell biology and dance, allowing catastrophe to be reenacted on a larger scale using real bodies in place of molecules and microtubules.

Conveners: Carl Flink (Dance, College of Liberal Arts) and David Odde (Biomedical Engineering, Institute of Technology)

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