Cancer cell smiles at researchers

Researchers spot smiley face in cancer cell

PEERING down a microscope day after day, year after year can leave you questioning your sanity, Associate Professor Beric Henderson says.

So when Sydney researchers stared down at the cancer protein they had been studying for 12 years and watched it form a perfect smiley face, it was like a believer glimpsing Jesus in their cereal.

“People here were getting very excited by the image.”

When senior scientist Dr Manisha Sharma made the happy discovery, Dr Henderson said it had the Sydney researchers musing the underlying message.

“There are different ways of looking at it. You could think it’s laughing at us, but I like to think it’s challenging us.”


Tip: @RustyBertrand on Twitter

Perhaps it’s smiling as if to say “Solve this, suckers!” :-)

Photo credit: AAP/Westmead Millennium Institute for Medical Research

  1 comment for “Cancer cell smiles at researchers

  1. Massachusetts
    January 31, 2012 at 8:15 PM

    I wouldn’t exactly call that a “perfect” smiley face.

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