The Shape of Things
Could cancer cells’ shape help pathologists predict their behavior?
Michael Schubert |
It’s not unheard-of to use a cell’s shape to inform a diagnosis. The classical example is sickle cell disease, where the red blood cells have an unusual, crescent-like shape, but other such disorders exist. What if we could use cell shape to not only detect disease, but also predict its course? That’s the question Elaheh Alizadeh, Ashok Prasad and their colleagues took on in their recent paper on the shapes of cancer cells (1).
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