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Sloppy science or groundbreaking idea? Theory for how cells organize contents divides biologists – Science Magazine

Cells may form dropletlike functional compartments through a process called phase separation, but not as often as some propose

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By Mitch LeslieJan. 21, 2021 , 2:10 PM
For 7 years as president of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Robert Tjian helped steer hundreds of millions of dollars to scientists probing provocative ideas that might transform biology and biomedicine. So the biochemist was intrigued a couple of years ago when his graduate student David McSwiggen uncovered data likely to fuel excitement about a process called phase separation, already one of the hottest concepts in cell biology.
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