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Biology and physics rendezvous at the membrane

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Science  08 Dec 2017:
Vol. 358, Issue 6368, pp. 1265
DOI: 10.1126/science.aar2002


How cells absorb materials from their environment has, for decades, fascinated biologists and physicists alike. At the heart of this phenomenon is endocytosis, a mechanism that enables signaling among cells, synaptic transmission, intake of nutrients from the environment, and immune response, but also infection (1).