Rainforests, frequently called the planet's lungs, are often thought of as a single collection of ecosystems. Researchers now find that rainforests across the globe vary greatly in the amount of rainfall they receive, yet all require the same minimum amount of rain to thrive.
"We thought: does the nucleolus' assembly and function depend on the size of the cell?" said Clifford Brangwynne, the lead researcher and an assistant professor of chemical and biological engineering at Princeton. "If this were true, then it could provide a feedback mechanism for regulating cell growth."
Princeton University was one of 12 institutions nationwide to receive a total of $56 million in funds from the National Science Foundation to support Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers (MRSECs).