Courtesy of cell biologist Joan Brugge, Harvard Medical School.

Rather than march forward in an even line like normal cells, the cells (green) in this culture careen helter-skelter toward a "scratch" (black) that represents a wound. The cells lack an enzyme called APC2, which along with 65 other proteins altered cell migration in a laboratory model of wound healing. Information on the migration effects of more than 1,000 human genes has been made freely available via a user-friendly, interactive database. The database is a valuable model for data sharing and will spur research on cell migration. Courtesy of cell biologist Joan Brugge, Harvard Medical School.

Featured in the September 17, 2008, issue of Biomedical Beat.
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