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Molecular structure of the chemical tool (on the left), blue: electron-poor, red: electron-rich, that changes color like shrimps during cooking (middle, inspiration from the fishmarket in Barcelona) to reveal physical forces inside of living cells (on the right, here endoplasmic reticulum and nuclear envelope). © UNIGE

The physical forces of cells in action

Detecting physical force is quite difficult. Imaging the physical forces that act in living cells remains one of the main mysteries of current biology....