center for systems

& synthetic biology

an NIGMS national systems biology center


Center investigator rewrites the cell biology textbooks

February 3, 2012

Unexpected findings out of Wallace Marshall's lab find that centrosomes--key cytoplasmic organelles once thought to be essential for cell division in all animals--are lacking in flatworms.   These results have interesting implications for the evolution and design principles of this organelle and for what has been considered its fundamental role in cell and developmental biology. Read more in UCSF news and in the San Francisco Chronicle.