Dewdrops on a spiderweb reveal the physics behind cell structures

Caitlin Sedwick for the Department of Molecular Biology

The physics at work in the beading of dewdrops on a spiderweb is the same as that which drives the sub-microscopic beading of a protein called TPX2, which is necessary to building microtubules (the skeleton of the cell) and which also plays a role in some cancers.