Skip to main content

Thank you for visiting You are using a browser version with limited support for CSS. To obtain the best experience, we recommend you use a more up to date browser (or turn off compatibility mode in Internet Explorer). In the meantime, to ensure continued support, we are displaying the site without styles and JavaScript.

  • Nature Video

The mysterious nanotube network connecting cells

Strange protrusions have been observed growing between cells. Often referred to as ‘tunnelling nanotubes’ or ‘membrane nanotubes’, their biological significance is not yet clear. Are these a previously unknown method of cell communication? Or an insignificant anomaly?

Read the story: How the Internet of cells has biologists buzzing

Read the paper: Prions hijack tunnelling nanotubes for intercellular spread



Nature Careers


Nature Briefing

Sign up for the Nature Briefing newsletter — what matters in science, free to your inbox daily.

Get the most important science stories of the day, free in your inbox. Sign up for Nature Briefing


Quick links