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Lethal beauty

The visual appeal of this chromatic composition is deceptive. This is in fact a cluster of cancer cells from the peritoneal fluid of a patient with advanced ovarian cancer. This high-resolution image, which shows in detail the morphology of a cell cluster, reveals its metastatic potential. Under such circumstances, some nuclei, in blue, press up against the cell walls, in red. The yellow spots dotted around the interior of these same cells reveal the presence of a protein involved in the process of metastasis. Visual characterisation of cell clusters, which are both quickly and easily collected, could help improve the diagnosis and treatment of ovarian cancers.

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