Cellular motility

Cellular motility is the spontaneous movement of a cell from one location to another by consumption of energy. The term encompasses several types of motion, including swimming, crawling, gliding and swarming.

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News and Comment

  • News & Views |

    Individual cilia are typically attached to cell surfaces, where they sweep back and forth. A new study charts the behavioural space of the beating patterns of cilia isolated from the cell.

    • Kirsty Y. Wan
    Nature Physics 18, 234-235
  • Research Highlights |

    A recent study found that slow movement is important when bacteria move as dense collectives because faster bacteria cause topological defects that trap cells in place.

    • Ashley York
  • Comments & Opinion |

    Caterina La Porta and Stefano Zapperi discuss how a suitable identification of the control and order parameters can shed light on the nature of phase transitions in cell migration.

    • Caterina A. M. La Porta
    •  & Stefano Zapperi
  • News & Views |

    A two-state hopping experiment combined with a dynamical systems model reveals that cancer cells are deterministically driven across barriers, whereas normal cells cross only with the help of stochastic fluctuations.

    • Ulrich S. Schwarz
    Nature Physics 15, 524-525
  • Research Highlights |

    This study reports that surfing motility is a conserved yet diverse form of motility in bacteria.

    • Ashley York